Memorandum of Understanding for Salzgitter and Tenova on SALCOS
by David Fleschen
Salzgitter AG and Tenova are stepping up their close technical cooperation and have concluded an important agreement for the realization of SALCOS® - SALzgitter Low CO2-Steelmaking.
The two partners have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, thereby substantiating their close cooperation in the next steps toward realizing SALCOS®. Conditional on the respective funding approvals, Salzgitter AG intends to order a DRI plant from Tenova with an annual capacity of 2.1 million tons for the future industrial production of directly reduced sponge iron. The plant will be based on the Energiron® technology, jointly developed by Tenova and Danieli.
Tenova affirms its great interest in realizing this project together with Salzgitter AG and, beyond this, in cooperating closely in future facilities projects in the areas of development, production, installation and construction of plants of this kind.
In signing this Memorandum of Understanding, the two companies reaffirm their cooperation based on a spirit of partnership and their joint determination to start construction work on the first stage of SALCOS® as early as the summer of this year.
SALCOS® is a ground-breaking program designed to significantly reduce CO2 emissions in steel production. The program is aimed at achieving a gradual transformation process away from carbon-intensive conventional steel production and toward direct reduction with the flexible and increasing deployment of hydrogen. Ultimately, CO2 emissions in the process chain can be reduced by more than 95 % and, upon full implementation, avoid one percent of Germany’s entire CO2 emissions.
Source and Photo: Tenova