ArcelorMittal – a multinational steel manufacturing corporation, inaugurated its flagship carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) plant – the €200 million ($211 million) Steelanol project. The ceremony was held in Ghent, Belgium on December 8th and was attended by the Prime Minister of Belgium.
The Steelanol plant will utilize carbon recycling technology developed by the project partner LanzaTech. The facility will use biocatalysts to transform carbon-rich blast furnace waste gases into ethanol, which can then be used as a building block to produce a variety of chemical products like transport fuels, paints, plastics, clothing and even cosmetic perfume.
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The sustainable ethanol will be jointly marketed by ArcelorMittal and LanzaTech under the brand name Carbalyst®. Other partners involved in the project are Primetals Technologies and E4tech. The facility is the first of its kind for the European steel industry.
The Steelanol plant will be producing 80 million liters of advanced ethanol once at full capacity. The amount is almost half of the total current advanced ethanol demand for fuel mixing in Belgium. It is expected to reduce annual carbon emissions from the Ghent plant by 125,000 metric tons.
“ArcelorMittal Ghent is widely regarded as one of the finest steel plants in Europe, staffed by talented, committed and forward-thinking people… This is a steel plant which is embracing the latest innovative technologies; which is using sources of circular carbon; which captures and re-uses as many of its waste products as possible, recycling them into something of value; and which is preparing for a future when green hydrogen will remove the need to use any fossil carbon,” said Lakskmi Mittal, ArcelorMittal Executive Chairman.
He also added that the project is a strong example of what is possible in the circular economy and what can be achieved through partnership.
The company also plans to inaugurate another one of “its first” for the European steel industry projects. It is called Torero and involves burning sustainable biomass in the blast furnace which lowers the volume of coal used.
This project is expected to reduce annual carbon emissions in Ghent by 112,500 tons. ArcelorMittal Ghent wants to double the size of the project in the next two years by adding a second reactor.