Ilsenburger Grobblech GmbH is supplying to Norsk Stål AS the first low CO2 heavy plates for the Scandinavian region

29.08.2022 | Ilsenburger Grobblech GmbH

  • Norsk Stål AS is the largest stockholder in Norway and is actively supporting the transformation to green steel and metals
  • The companies are developing a leading position in "CO2" equivalent (CO2e) reduction and realize the opportunities to provide low CO2e steel for the industry in Scandinavia

Ilsenburger Grobblech GmbH (ILG) - a subsidiary of Salzgitter AG - and Norsk Stål AS (Norsk Stål) have signed a supply agreement, thus expanding their long-standing cooperation to include the processing of low-CO2 heavy steel plates.

The low CO2 plates have a footprint of 0,65t of CO2e per ton of heavy plate and marking a leading position in the current field of so-called greener steel. The production take place by the Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) route and is based on more than 90% recycled scrap.

Norsk Stål is a Norwegian company with nationwide production and sales activities in the steel and metal sector. They market and distribute products and related services to various customers in the business area, mainly in the construction, energy, marine and engineering sectors.

Helge Runer, CEO at Norsk Stål AS, said: “We are proud to be a crucial part of the green transition, and applaud Salzgitter’s and Ilsenburger Grobblech’s effort in this respect. We are confident that this is the beginning of an exciting journey towards targets set for both 2030 and 2050.”

Dr. Sebastian Bross, Managing Directorof Ilsenburger Grobblech added:The building and construction industry is a strategic target sector for Ilsenburger Grobblech GmbH. Due to this strategic direction, this customer segment is a perfect fit for our portfolio green and renewable steel. This first supply of low CO2e heavy plates will enable us to further improve processes and products together and confirms our pioneering position in the emerging markets for green steel.”

These low CO2e plates produced by EAF and scrap are the first steps into the direction of green steel. This will be followed by the low CO2 production through the hydrogen-based direct reduction process with the aim of massively reducing CO2 emissions in steel production. Salzgitter AG intends to gradually switch the production of steel to a hydrogen-based route under its SALCOS® – Salzgitter Low CO2-Steelmaking program.

In contrast to the former process involving blast furnaces, hydrogen and green electricity will
replace the carbon formerly required for producing steel. By harnessing this process, Salzgitter AG plans to incrementally lower the CO2 emissions in steel production to less than five percent of the original emissions volume.
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