LKAB Produces Iron Ore Pellets with Fossil Free Fuels
LKAB HYBRIT Iron Ore Pellets

LKAB Produces Iron Ore Pellets with Fossil Free Fuels

Within the framework of the HYBRIT initiative, LKAB has produced the world's first iron ore pellets using fossil-free fuels. Trials with fossil-free fuel in one of

LKAB's processing plants have now reached a level at which pellets can be produced with 100 percent bio-oil instead of coal and petroleum-based oil.

Use of fossil-free fuel, instead of coal and oil, in LKAB's pellet process is a necessary step towards the achievement of the goal of HYBRIT: to be first in the world to create a value chain for fossil-free steel and thereby reduce Sweden's total carbon dioxide emissions by 10 percent. HYBRIT is SSAB:s, LKAB:s and Vattenfall’s initiative to create the world’s first value chain for fossil-free steel. The fossil-free iron ore pellets are the initial stage in the value chain, after mining, and a prerequisite for fossil-free steel from the steelmakers.

In June HYBRIT commissioned a bio-oil plant at LKAB's industrial site in Malmberget to supply LKAB's existing processing plant with bio-oil, fuel which will replace coal and petroleum-based oil. By using biofuel as a heat source for one of LKAB's pelletizing plants, fossil carbon emissions from the Malmberget operation can be reduced by as much as 40 percent.

Concurrently, trials with other carbon-dioxide-free and fossil-free heating technologies are now under way at LKAB's experimental plant in Luleå.

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