SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): Leading steelmaker, ArcelorMittal, inaugurated cutting edge carbon recycling technology project at its Ghent, Belgium steel plant. This flagship project is the first-of-its-kind carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) project in the entire European steel industry.
The event to mark the inauguration of the €200 million ‘Steelanol’ project was held at the plant premises, which was attended among others by the Prime Minister of Belgium, Alexander De Croo, Flemish Minister-President Jan Jambon, members of the Belgian and Flemish governments, European Investment Bank Vice-President Kris Peeters and topmost executives of the company.
The CCU plant makes use of LanzaTech technology to treat carbon-rich waste gases from the steelmaking process using biocatalysts to transform them into advanced ethanol, which in turn could be used as an agent in manufacture of various chemical products. The ethanol thus produced would be marketed under the brand name Carbalyst, jointly by ArcelorMittal and LanzaTech.
Upon full capacity, the CCU plant will produce 80 million litres of advanced ethanol and will reduce carbon emissions from the Ghent plant by 125,000 tonnes per year.