Kobe Steel, Vale, and Mitsui & Co. to collaborate in low CO2 ironmaking
by David Fleschen
Kobe Steel Ltd. of Japan, the parent company of Midrex Technologies, Inc, has reached a non-binding agreement with Vale S.A., the world’s largest iron ore producer, and Mitsui & Co., Ltd., a global trading and investment company with a diversified business portfolio, to collaborate in providing low CO2 metallics and ironmaking solutions to the global steel industry.
The steel industry, especially traditional ironmaking, is among the largest contributors of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions – in the range of 7-9% of total emissions – because of its significant reliance on coal. The mitigation of CO2 emissions is becoming critical worldwide. “We are excited to provide MIDREX® Technology using both natural gas and hydrogen to help steelmakers mitigate CO2 emissions and transition from aging blast furnace technology,” commented Stephen C. Montague, President & CEO of Midrex Technologies, Inc.
This initiative fits with the vision and mission of both Kobe Steel and Midrex. Kobe has a history of various product initiatives to support the pathway to GHG reduction. For example, their high tensile strength steel sheets for automotive weight reduction is directly linked to lower CO2 emissions and improved fuel economy. For Midrex, the market leader in direct reduction ironmaking (DRI) technology, the CO2 emissions level of the MIDREX Process using both natural gas and hydrogen is dramatically lower than the blast furnace route, which is why it will play an important role in this new initiative. The success of MIDREX Technology is based on a simple and efficient process, years of continuous innovations and improvements, and the excellence of plant operators. Our customers will continue to receive unparalleled support and service from Midrex.
Climate change is a challenge for which all four companies are committed to help solve. Kobe Steel and Midrex, alongside Vale and Mitsui & Co., will utilize the collective strengths of their products, people, and technologies to drive this initiative and meet the challenge.
Source: Midrex, Photo: Fotolia