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The pilot plant for the Steel2Chemicals project has moved to Ghent and will be commissioned at the end of April 2021. In the pilot plant ArcelorMittal, Dow Benelux and Tata Steel are investigating whether they can convert CO from residual gases from steel production into raw materials for the chemical industry.
Editorial office / Ghent

In the Steel2Chemicals project, the three companies are working with the University of Ghent, TNO and the Institute for Sustainable Process Technology (ISPT) to develop a closed value chain in which carbon monoxide (CO) from residual gases in steel production is used as a raw material in the chemical industry. To test this in practice, Zeton has built a CO conversion pilot plant with a 12-metre long tubular reactor.

The University of Ghent is investigating whether the product from the pilot plant actually meets expectations and can be used as a raw material for Dow’s steam crackers. TNO is also developing a method to remove the nitrogen from the blast furnace gas. If the pilot project proves successful and economically viable, the possibility of a demonstration plant on a larger scale will be examined.

Together, ArcelorMittal, Dow Benelux and Tata Steel emit over 20 million tonnes of CO2 per year. They are therefore in a position to make a significant contribution to the emission reduction targets of the Netherlands, Belgium and the EU. The Steel2Chemicals project will run until 2023.

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