SBB 20 October ArcelorMittal has been given an official licence from the French government to examine possible locations for carbon dioxide storage in what could be the world’s first steelmaking carbon capture and storage (CCS) project. The project aims to capture and store emissions from an experimental blast furnace at the company’s Florange steelworks in the east of the country.
The blast furnace at Florange will recycle waste gases back into the furnace to add to the process of reducing iron ore to iron, cutting emissions by 25%. The remaining emissions would be suitable for CCS, which would lead to a further 50% reduction in emissions. The company hopes to have results from its industrial-scale pilot plant by 2014, Steel Business Briefing notes.
The project is part of the ‘Ultra-Low CO2 Steelmaking’ (ULCOS) programme which aims to develop new steelmaking technologies that could reduce greenhouse gas emissions from steelmaking by over 50%. ULCOS is funded by a group that includes the EU, national governments and companies including steelmakers.