ArcelorMittal invests 1.7 billion for green steel in France

This announcement is part of the France 2030 plan, which will devote 5.6 billion to decarbonize the industry.

The three blast furnaces of the ArcelorMittal plant in Dunkirk, characteristic of the largest steel production site in France, could well disappear. They are not threatened with closure, but with a technological revolution. The steel giant announces an investment of 1.7 billion euros to reduce its CO emissions by 40%2 in France by 2030. This decarbonization is strategic for ArcelorMittal. And one of the methods used consists in eliminating coal, coke and blast furnaces to replace them by a direct reduction (DRI) of iron ore by hydrogen in an electric furnace.

However, the movement will be very gradual. The commissioning of the first unit using this technology is scheduled for 2027, and will gradually replace two of the three blast furnaces at the northern site. ArcelorMittal’s other steel-producing site, in Fos-sur-Mer, in the Bouches-du-Rhône, is also affected by this strategy, with the installation…

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