The use of secondary resources - associated gases of metallurgical production - allows NLMK Group to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels and thus reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 3.5 million tons of CO2 per year.
The company uses associated gases, blast furnace and coke oven, as a fuel for generating electricity for production and as a direct energy carrier for the main process equipment. Such electricity meets the needs of Novolipetsk Metallurgical Plant, the flagship site of NLMK Group, by 65% (target - 100% by 2023). The energy value of associated gases is due, among other things, to the presence of pure hydrogen in them, from 7% in blast furnace gas to 60% in coke oven gas.
“Consumption of blast furnace and coke oven gas at NLMK Group reaches 23 billion m3 per year. In energy terms, this volume would be enough to replace all the natural gas consumed per year by a country like Serbia. This volume of secondary gases contains 3 billion m3 of hydrogen. Its use allows us to save fossil carbonaceous fuels, significantly bringing us closer to the goals of reducing the climate footprint, "commented Sergei Chebotarev, Vice President of NLMK Group for Energy and Environment.
In 2020, NLMK Group reduced CO2 emissions by ton of pig iron and steel to 1.90 tons (4% to the level of 2016), and sets the goal of further reduction to 1.84 tons (an additional 3%) by 2023
To achieve this goal NLMK, among other things, continues construction of a new utilization power plant using associated gases of metallurgical production. The project is based on advanced solutions for the use of secondary energy resources. In particular, in conjunction with the power plant, a system for the collection and utilization of steelmaking gas, which is unique for the Russian metallurgy, will be built. The new power plant will increase the share of NLMK's own generation from 65% to 95%, reduce carbon monoxide (CO) emissions by 3 thousand tons per year and greenhouse gases (CO2) - by 650 thousand tons per year. With the commissioning of the new power plant, the use of secondary metallurgical gases as fuel at the Lipetsk site will reach a level equivalent to the replacement of 6 million tons of coal per year.
Information about NLMK Group
NLMK Group is a vertically integrated metallurgical company, the largest in Russia and one of the world's most efficient producers of steel products.
NLMK Group metal products are used in various industries, from construction and mechanical engineering to power equipment and offshore wind turbines.
NLMK's production assets are located in Russia, Europe and the United States. The company's steel production capacity exceeds 18 million tonnes per year.
NLMK's common shares, which have a free-float of 20.7%, are traded on the Moscow Stock Exchange (ticker “NLMK”). shares - on the London Stock Exchange (ticker "NLMK: LI"). The share capital of the Company is divided into 5,993,227,240 ordinary shares with a par value of 1 Russian ruble.
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