Innovative partnership ArcelorMittal and Dow for CO2 reduction in North Sea Port

Published on Fri 22 Mar 2019
ArcelorMittal and Dow Benelux will start trials with a new pilot installation that will separate carbon dioxide (CO2) and carbon monoxide (CO) from the gases resulting from steel production. The installation is located at the ArcelorMittal company site in the North Sea Port in Ghent.

The process aims to capture the CO2 and concentrate it for storage (Carbon Capture and Storage) or further usage (Carbon Capture and Utilisation). This will make valorisation of this gas as a raw material for the chemical industry possible. The treated CO-rich gas will be used by Dow to make hydrocarbons, and by ArcelorMittal to make bioethanol. The Carbon2value project aims to validate technology that has already been proven on a laboratory scale in an industrial environment. A few years ago, ArcelorMittal Ghent and Dow took up the initiative to work within an international consortium on new CO2 reduction methods.

Achieving sustainability objectives

This project dovetails with the ambitions of North Sea Port to work proactively with partners towards the sustainability objectives. “We are proud of these two companies in the North Sea Port that are joining forces to bring climate solutions into practice,” says CEO Daan Schalck.

President and Chairman of the Board of Dow Chemicals Benelux puts is this way: “The world today faces major challenges in keeping climate change under control. Our common goal is to significantly reduce CO2 emissions in order to prevent further global warming. CO2 is released during the combustion of fossil fuels in the transport sector, the urban environment and in the industry. In addition, CO2 is often a by-product of industrial production processes. With this pilot, we expect to achieve a major breakthrough in the further reduction of our CO2 emissions.

ArcelorMittal Belgium CEO Manfred Van Vlierberghe elaborates: “ArcelorMittal Belgium is the world leader in CO2- and energy-efficiency in the steel sector. This project is part of our action plan to further strengthen our top position.”

Regional and social opportunities

The results of the tests will be used to map the technical and economic feasibility of this CO2-saving measure. The regional and social opportunities will be evaluated by POM East Flanders. The project runs until the end of 2020. The results will be published and presented at the Carbon2Value end symposium.

Images: ArcelorMittal