GFG Alliance’s LIBERTY Steel Group has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Paul Wurth and Stahl-Holding-Saar to assess the building and operating of an industrial-sized, hydrogen based steel making plant at Dunkerque in France. If developed, the plant would be one of the first operations of its type in France. The pan-European partnership will work together on a project to incorporate a 2 million tonne Direct Reduced Iron plant, with an integrated 1 GW capacity hydrogen electrolysis production unit, next to GFG’s ALVANCE Aluminium Dunkerque site. The DRI plant will initially use a mix of hydrogen and natural gas as the reluctant to produce DRI and hot briquetted iron, before transitioning to using 100% hydrogen once the electrolysis production unit is complete.
The DRI/HBI produced will primarily be used in the electric arc furnace of LIBERTY Ascoval in France but any surplus will be used at LIBERTY’s Ostrava and Galati integrated steelworks as well as the SHS-group’s Dillinger and Saarstahl plants in Germany,
LIBERTY has been working with Paul Wurth and SHS on the technical and economic viability of the project since early last year. Now that initial feasibility work has proved successful the partners have signed a MoU which covers two phases:
Phase 1 – will improve the accuracy of the project’s commercial and technical feasibility including the reducing gas mix, potential partners (energy supply, hydrogen production and operation, DRI/HBI equipment) and funding opportunities. This phase is expected to take around 12 weeks; and
Phase 2 - deliver the level of detail required (technically and financially) for the effective implementation of the project. This phase will be determined as part of Phase 1.