Tata contracts Danieli for Ijmuiden conversion

Tata Steel Nederland has signed contracts with three companies for the further technical preparations of the hydrogen route in Ijmuiden in the Netherlands. The first development will cost more than €65 million ($65m) and will result in an engineering package that forms the basis for a final permitting and project planning, Kallanish understands.

The three companies – McDermott, Danieli and Hatch – have their own specific expertise that collectively is needed to help shape hydrogen-based steel manufacturing, Tata notes. McDermott will be responsible for the construction input and support of the technical project management. Danieli is in charge of the engineering design for the technology to deliver direct reduced iron (DRI), the first step in the iron-making process. Hatch is the technology licensor of the electric furnaces that melt the DRI and help to reduce the oxygen content further.

“We recently signed agreements about our future with two ministries and the province of North Holland,” says Hans van den Berg, ceo of Tata Steel Nederland. He adds that the company has committed to being CO2 neutral before 2045 and emit between 35-40% less CO2 before 2030.

The new plants will be built on-site while all the current plants remain in operation until the new installations are up and running, explains sustainability director Annemarie Manger.

“The coalition that is now formed with McDermott, Danieli and Hatch marks the start of the basic engineering to define our plans more specifically,” she says.

Christian Koehl Germany