Germany: Engineering Vow, Arcelor Mittal to Build Biogas Production Unit in Germany

Editor: Ahlam Rais

Under a MOU signed between Vow subsidiary Etia and Arcelor Mittal Europe – Long Products, both the companies will jointly work together to construct a biogas plant for the steel industry. Located at Arcelor Mittal Rodange in Luxembourg, the unit will make use of Etia’s pyrolysis technology to reduce CO2 emissions.

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The two companies will cooperate on engineering, business models and financing, and aim to have the Rodange biogas plant operational in 2022.
The two companies will cooperate on engineering, business models and financing, and aim to have the Rodange biogas plant operational in 2022.
(Source: Vow)

Norway – Specialist provider of technology for decarbonizing industry Vow confirms that it has signed a strategic memorandum of understanding with Arcelor Mittal, the world’s leading steel and mining company, to work on a project to build a biogas production plant that will reduce CO2 emissions produced during the steelmaking process.

Vow subsidiary Etia and Arcelor Mittal Europe – Long Products, a leader in the production of sections, sheet piles, rails and quality wire rod, will work together to build the first dedicated biogas plant for the steel industry, using Etia’s pyrolysis technology, at Arcelor Mittal Rodange in Luxembourg. Arcelor Mittal Rodange specializes in the production of grooved rails, supplying major rail projects around the world.

The two companies will cooperate on engineering, business models and financing, and aim to have the Rodange biogas plant operational in 2022. The biogas will be made using Vow’s patented ‘Biogreen’ pyrolysis technology, which involves heating sustainable biomass at high temperatures. The gases emitted during this process are then captured and processed into biogas, which will directly replace the use of natural gas in the Rodange plant’s rolling mill reheating furnace. By-products such as bio-coal will also be created during the process, and re-used within Arcelor Mittal, directly replacing the use of coal.

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The Rodange biogas plant will be Etia’s first industrial-scale pilot project for this specific application, and the intention is for similar plants to be built in Europe, thereby increasing the CO2 emissions saved from replacing the use of natural gas.

“We are very pleased to be working with Vow, combining our expertise as steelmakers with Vow and Etia technology, to create this biogas plant for Arcelor Mittal Rodange. We see significant potential in the use of biogas as a replacement for natural gas within Arcelor Mittal Europe – Long Products’ facilities, and in helping us to achieve our ambition of being carbon-neutral by 2050. This technically challenging project is truly ground-breaking, in its ability to create synthetic gas for industrial use, from sustainable biomass.” said Vincent Cholet, CTO of Arcelor Mittal Europe – Long Products.

“We are very excited and committed to this cooperation, helping Arcelor Mittal on their mission towards a CO2-neutral future in steel production. We see this as the beginning of a prosperous long-term collaboration”, said the CEO of Vow Henrik Badin.

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