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Joint research: Salzgitter Flachstahl and Anglo American sign Memorandum of Understanding

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Joint research: Salzgitter Flachstahl and Anglo American sign Memorandum of Understanding
Iron ore and coil. Photo: Salzgitter AG

04.08.2021. Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH, subsidiary of Salzgitter AG, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Anglo American. The two partners will join forces in investigating the optimisation of iron ore supplies for direct reduction.

Minimise the CO2 footprint of steel production

Anglo American is one of the world’s leading mining groups. The primary aim of the joint research activities is to minimise the CO2 footprint of steel production. The MOU also covers an examination of the lowest possible CO2 process and supply chains.

Ulrich Grethe, Chairman of the Management Board of Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH and member of the Group Management Board of Salzgitter AG: “With this project we continue to progress important milestones on the way to low CO2 steel production. In driving our SALCOS® technology concept forward, we aim to decarbonise steel production as efficiently and quickly as possible. We are delighted to be partnering with Anglo American, our long-standing major supplier of high-grade ores, for joint reflection and potential projects.”

Transformation concept SALCOS

SALCOS stands for “SAlzgitter Low CO2 Steelmaking” and is a transformation concept for the integrated steel production route. In the process, Salzgitter Flachstahl’s carbon-based blast furnace route will gradually be replaced over a period from the middle of this decade through to 2045 at the latest by direct reduction plants that will initially be operated by natural gas and then flexibly with a steadily increasing proportion of hydrogen. Going forward, hydrogen production and the electric arc furnaces (EAF) required for the new process route are to be operated exclusively using electric power from renewable sources. The transformation will allow CO2 emissions from steel production to be reduced by 95 % by 2045.

The new facilities and production sequences place special requirements on raw material properties, their treatment processes and logistics.


(Source: Salzgitter AG)