Blastr Green Steel, an Oslo-based company founded in 2021 with the mission to set new standards in green steel production, has selected Primetals Technologies as its technological partner for the development of a new steel production complex. This facility, with an annual capacity of 2.5 million tonnes, will be located in Inkoo, near Helsinki, Finland. Once operational, the steel plant and an integrated hydrogen production facility will create approximately 1,000 direct and 4,600 indirect jobs in Finland.

Primetals Technologies, a market leader in environmental and energy-efficiency solutions for the metals industry, will ensure that the new facilities meet the latest industry standards. The company will supply the technology for the DRI plant, electric steelmaking meltshop, Arvedi ESP line, and continuous pickling and galvanising line.

The DRI plant will be provided through a collaboration between Midrex Technologies and Primetals Technologies. The MIDREX H2 plant, powered by 100 percent green hydrogen, will produce hot DRI for direct charging to the steel mill, as well as hot briquetted iron, enabling Blastr to decarbonise other value chains by providing ultra-low-carbon iron feedstock for customers.

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Primetals Technologies will also supply an electric arc furnace-based meltshop with a 300-ton EAF Ultimate, designed for the direct charging of hot DRI. This meltshop will feature fully automated operation, advanced control systems, and a comprehensive secondary metallurgy scope, including a ladle furnace and an RH plant. The secondary metallurgy equipment will allow Blastr to produce top-quality steel grades for the highly demanding automotive sector.

In addition, the production process will be augmented by digital technologies, enhanced use of robot technology, and advanced solutions for remote control, enabling the highest possible level of autonomous operations and enhancing occupational safety.

The partnership includes an Arvedi ESP thin slab casting and hot-rolling line, as well as a state-of-the-art continuous pickling and galvanising line to produce a variety of hot-rolled steel products, including coated steel sheets for various industrial applications. These technologies are essential for Blastr’s ultra-low CO₂ targets, ensuring net-zero direct CO₂ emissions from steel production.

Mark Bula, CEO of Blastr Green Steel, commented, “This partnership marks a significant milestone in our journey toward sustainable steel production and decarbonising the steel value chain. By combining our strengths with industry leaders, we are poised to drive innovation and shape the future of steel production.”

K.C. Woody, president and CEO of Midrex Technologies, added, “We are pleased and excited by the selection of MIDREX H2 as the DR technology by Blastr. The combination of 100 percent hydrogen-based HDRI and HBI production positions Blastr to be a major force in the decarbonisation of European iron and steelmaking.”

Andreas Viehböck, head of upstream technologies at Primetals Technologies, emphasised the importance of digitalization and autonomous operations, saying, “The production process will be augmented by digital technologies, feature the enhanced use of robot technology, and employ advanced solutions for remote control to enable the highest possible level of autonomous operations enhancing occupational safety, a top priority for the project.”

Blastr Green Steel’s chief technology officer, Mikael Lindvall, highlighted the company’s commitment to achieving net-zero emissions, stating, “Blastr’s ultra-low CO₂ targets require technology that ensures net-zero direct CO₂ emissions from steel production. The MIDREX plant and the Arvedi ESP technology are two key technologies needed on the path to meet our ambitious emission targets.”

Blastr Green Steel’s project represents a significant step towards a more sustainable future in the steel industry, combining cutting-edge technology, innovative processes, and a strong commitment to environmental responsibility.

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9th July 2024