Metalloinvest signed a memorandum of understanding with Rosatom and Air Liquide to explore the possibility of producing low-carbon hydrogen. Hydrogen is used to produce direct reduced hot briquetted iron (HBI), Metalloinvest is one of the largest HBI producers in the world. As part of the memorandum, it is planned to evaluate the technical and commercial aspects of a potential project for the production of environmentally friendly hydrogen for Metalloinvest’s enterprises in the Belgorod and Kursk regions.
The document was signed by Nazim Efendiev, Director of Metalloinvest, Evgeny Pakermanov, President of Rusatom Overseas, and Marilen Turcott, CEO of Air Liquide in Russia. Electrolysis of water using low-carbon electricity (“yellow” and / or “green” hydrogen) and steam reforming of methane in combination with carbon dioxide capture technologies (“blue” hydrogen) are considered as possible methods for hydrogen production.
“This agreement is an important stage in the implementation of Metalloinvest’s strategy aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of its products,” Nazim Efendiev stressed. – Already today the company has the opportunity to modernize equipment to use up to 30% hydrogen as a reducing gas. The new metallization unit for Mikhailovsky HBI is being designed on the principles of carbon-free metallurgy – with the prospect of a complete transition to the use of hydrogen as a reducing agent. “
In turn, Evgeny Pakermanov noted that the estimated volume of aggregate hydrogen consumption by Metalloinvest enterprises could amount to 150 thousand tons per year.
In the long term, Metalloinvest plans to completely switch to the use of hydrogen in metallization plants, and by 2025 sets a goal to reduce its own CO2-equivalent emissions by 6%. In 15 years, the holding’s emissions are planned to be reduced by 77%.