lJmuiden, Netherlands, Sept. 13, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Tata Steel has announced that Hatch will be part of a team to deliver the hydrogen route to make green steel at its lJmuiden plant in the Netherlands. The hatch has been selected to provide engineering for the electric reducing furnace (REF) package, which when combined with a directly reduced iron plant (DRI), will enable the production of green steel using hydrogen.

This hydrogen pathway project is part of Tata Steel’s commitment to produce steel with zero carbon emissions by 2045. To achieve this goal, Tata Steel will change its steelmaking facility from coal-based to hydrogen-based using Direct Reduced Ironmaking (DRI) technology, in where the iron ore is directly reduced using natural gas, and gradually increasing amounts of hydrogen, and then smelted and refined in large and efficient rectangular electric smelting furnaces.

“We recently made an agreement about our future with two ministries and the province of North Holland. We also indicated that we want to be CO2 neutral by 2045 and that we want to emit between 35 and 40% less CO2 by 2030. This will mostly be done via the hydrogen route. We are replacing blast furnaces with modern technology that uses hydrogen or gas instead of coal,” said Hans van den Berg, CEO of Tata Steel Nederland.

Due to the use of renewable electricity and green hydrogen, the CO2 emissions associated with steel production are much lower compared to steel made from the blast furnace process route. Scrap can also be recycled in the new process, which means greater circularity. Importantly, the DRI+ electric furnace route enables the production of the same high quality steel that Tata Steel recognizes.

“Efforts to reduce CO2 emissions from iron and steel production are very important to reduce the impact of climate change. The transition to low carbon steel production enables the development of a sustainable steel industry. We look forward to working with Tata Steel on this important project and congratulate them on their leadership in accelerating this change,” said Joe Lombard, Global Managing Director, Metals, Hatch.

Tata Steel has engaged Hatch to develop the basic engineering for the DRI reduction smelting complex, which will utilize Hatch’s electric furnace technology, CRISP+, as well as design and supply process equipment within the complex. Hatch coverage broadly covers feed mixing, mix heat transfer, primary and secondary off-gas systems, electric furnaces and slag granulation.

“A number of years ago, Hatch saw the reduced potential of electric furnace technology for the manufacture of iron and steel, and we invested heavily in developing, testing, and commercializing the technology. It is great to see this foresight now coming to fruition, as this technology is key to making eco-friendly steel production a practical reality,” said Nils Voermann, Global Managing Director, Technology, Hatch.

Learn more about Tata Steel Nederland’s green steel strategy and Hatch electric furnace technology.

About Hatching

Hatch is a global multidisciplinary management, engineering and business practice consultancy. Its group companies have more than 9,000 staff in 150+ offices worldwide. In 2022, Hatch was ranked as a top 20 International Design Company by Engineering News-Record (ENR) rankings. The company has more than 65 years of experience delivering innovative solutions to the metals, infrastructure and energy sectors.

We use our decades of experience and expertise to create market relevant and high value solutions and technologies. Our extensive experience in technology testing and scaling, and our history of forming collaborative engagements with researchers, end users, governments, and funding organizations, have given us a proven track record of successfully deploying new technologies around the world.

Find out more at www.hatch.com.

About Tata Steel Netherlands

Tata Steel Netherlands is one of the leading steel producers in Europe. The company supplies high-quality steel products to the most demanding markets, including construction, automotive, packaging and engineering. Tata Steel Nederland works with customers to develop new steel products that give them a competitive advantage. Tata Steel Nederland has locations in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and elsewhere in Europe and is part of India’s Tata Steel Group, one of the largest steel companies in the world. Tata Steel Nederland recorded a turnover of 6.9 billion euros in the fiscal year ending 31 March 2022. Tata Steel Nederland is working to produce steel with zero carbon emissions by 2045. Tata Steel Nederland will switch to producing steel using hydrogen instead of coal . .


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