[Ferro-Alloys.com] At the end of 2019, China’s second-largest steelmaker HBIS Group announced its ambition to build a 1.2 Mt/a hydrogen-based steelmaking plant. This is a historic step forward for the decarbonisation of the Chinese steel industry, which represents more than half of global steel production and related carbon dioxide emissions.
Although it is not clear when the 1.2 Mt/a new plant will be put into operation, HBIS Group has begun working with the Italian company Tenova on technical preparation for ground-breaking in 2020.
Water is vital to produce steel. It ensures the cooling of high-temperature processes and provides essential functions in gas cleaning and treatment processes. Without water, steelmaking would not be possible.
Fresh water resources and access to these resources vary significantly in the world, and the pattern is changing. Due to climate change, areas known for water scarcity are becoming even drier and regions where water was already abundant are becoming wetter.