02.08.2021. ArcelorMittal has announced with the Government of Canada its intention for a 1.765 billion CAD$ investment in decarbonisation technologies at ArcelorMittal Dofasco’s plant in Hamilton.
The intended investments will reduce annual CO2 emissions at ArcelorMittal’s Hamilton, Ontario operations by approx. 3 million t, which represents approx. 60 % of emissions, within the next seven years. This means the Hamilton plant will transition away from the blast furnace-basic oxygen furnace steelmaking production route to the Direct Reduced Iron (DRI) – Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) production route, which carries a significantly lower carbon footprint.
New manufacturing processes
ArcelorMittal will introduce new manufacturing processes that contribute to a considerable reduction of CO2 emissions and deliver other positive environmental impacts including the elimination of emissions and flaring from coke making and ironmaking operations.
The investment is contingent on support from the governments of Canada and Ontario. Today the Government of Canada announced it will invest 400 CAD$ million in the project. The company is in discussions with the Government of Ontario regarding its support.
The announcement was made at an event in ArcelorMittal Dofasco’s plant in Hamilton, which was attended by ArcelorMittal CEO Aditya Mittal, ArcelorMittal Dofasco President and CEO Ron Bedard, Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry François-Philippe Champagne, and Minister of Labour Filomena Tassi.
DRI facility and EAF facility
At the heart of the plan is a 2 million t capacity DRI facility and an EAF facility capable of producing 2.4 million t of high-quality steel through its existing secondary metallurgy and secondary casting facilities. Modification of the existing EAF facility and continuous casters will also be undertaken to align productivity, quality and energy capabilities between all assets in the new footprint. The new DRI and EAF will be in production before the end of 2028.
This project contributes to the sustainability of well-paying skilled positions in advanced manufacturing and is also expected to support as many as 2,500 jobs during the engineering and construction phases. It will also support ArcelorMittal Dofasco’s customers decarbonisation ambitions while further enhancing ArcelorMittal Dofasco’s capability to support the most demanding product segments including automotive exposed, advanced high strength steels, and consumer packing.
This new production route for ArcelorMittal Dofasco will provide a technically advanced manufacturing environment for operations, maintenance, and technology staff to work in, with improved health and safety. New positions, training, and development will be provided for employees moving from existing business units to new assets, with approx. 160,000 training hours required to transition our workforce to the new footprint.