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Steel News June 12, 2018 02:30:40 PM

ArcelorMittal Embarks on New €150M Carbon Emission Capture Plant at Ghent, Belgium

Paul Ploumis
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The construction phase of the new installation is expected to create up to 500 temporary jobs over the next two years, in addition to 20-30 permanent direct jobs.
ArcelorMittal Embarks on New €150M Carbon Emission Capture Plant at Ghent, Belgium

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): ArcelorMittal Group has announced that it has started construction of a new installation at its Ghent, Belgium site. The company will invest €150M to guarantee enhanced capturing of carbon emission from blast furnace. The revolutionary technology will convert carbon-containing gas from blast furnaces into bioethanol. The company’s efforts are supported by Chicago-headquartered pioneer in carbon recycling technologies, LanzaTech.

According to the company press release, this is the first-of-its-kind industrial installation in Europe. LanzaTech’s licensed technology uses microbes that feed on carbon monoxide to produce bioethanol. This bioethanol could be either used as transport fuel or in the production of plastics. Upon completion of installation, the Ghent plant is expected to produce approximately 80 million liters of bioethanol, which in turn will result in significant reduction of carbon emissions.

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Carl De Maré, vice president of Technology Strategy at ArcelorMittal noted that the company is proud to progress with the largest project of its kind within the entire ArcelorMittal group. The installation will result in large-scale re-use of carbon, thereby achieving significant carbon reduction. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech stated that they are excited to work with ArcelorMittal. Similar commitment by large companies and governments from around the world will help in decarbonizing economy. Holmgren also thanked the European Commission for the support.

The construction phase of the new installation is expected to create up to 500 temporary jobs over the next two years, in addition to 20-30 permanent direct jobs. The new installation is expected to become operational by mid-2020.

Last month, a joint-venture effort by Rio Tinto and Alcoa Corporation had launched world's first carbon-free aluminum smelting process that eliminates all greenhouse gas emissions.