Vulcan Green Steel orders DRI plant from Danieli and Tenova
Vulcan Green Steel, a newly established part of the Jindal Steel Group, relied on Energiron for its new hydrogen-ready direct reduction plant to be installed in Duqm, in the Al Wusta region of the Sultanate of Oman, where it will feed a new electric steelmaking complex.
The complex will be a hub for the production of green steel, taking advantage of the availability of natural gas and the renewable energies that will be converted into hydrogen.
The new Energiron direct reduction plant –technology jointly developed by Tenova and Danieli– will start operation with a natural-gas feed, and will begin using hydrogen in blend as hydrogen becomes available on-site.
The single-module, zero-reformer Energiron plant will hot charge the EAF with DRI at temperatures higher than 600 °C, allowing energy savings for steelmaking. The plant will be also capable to produce HBI for storage or export purposes.
Hybrid by design, hydrogen-ready Energiron technology makes it possible to use NG as reducing agent with the possibility to use hydrogen up to 100%, or any mix of these, according to hydrogen availability. Actually, the use of some natural gas during the DR process is appropriate for adding a minimum of carbon to the DRI, needed during melting.
Energiron technology has the capability to capture the CO2 from the process and utilize it for other applications, which will further reduce the overall plant carbon emissions and provide an additional revenue stream for the plant operations.
The completion of the DRI plant at Duqm is aimed by 2026.
AM Industeel confirmed its confidence in Danieli slab casting technology and equipment by ordering a new, modern vertical slab caster to be installed at the Le Creusot plant, in France.
The Danieli slab caster will produce quality slabs of thicknesses up to 150 mm in widths from 1500 to 2100 mm and lengths between 4 and 6 meters of special grades ranging from carbon to stainless steels and nickel-based alloys.
This will be a new installation, and the first caster at Le Creusot plant, and it will strategically replace ingot casting with the aim to significantly reduce the transformation losses, as well as to avoid any scarfing and to reduce the rolling passes, optimizing the whole conversion process.
The AM Industeel caster will feature a wide selection of Danieli 3Q technological packages such as: Q-ART Real-time quality assessment, Q-MAP+ Mould breakout prevention system, Q-LEVEL+ Advanced mould level control, Q-INMO mould hydraulic oscillator control, Q-COOL dynamic cooling control, Q-CORE dynamic soft reduction, Q-PULSE® mushy zone detection, and Q-CUT cutting process optimization.
Q-PULSE is an innovative, Danieli-patented system to detect the solidification endpoint (liquid pool length) for continuous casting. Q-PULSE does not affect the normal casting process and can be used in any casting condition (grades, thickness and widths, casting speeds), accelerating the optimization process and ensuring always the highest internal soundness.
The caster will be driven by Danieli Automation electrics and process automation.
Plant startup is planned by May 2025.
AM Industeel is successfully operating a slab caster revamped by Danieli at Charleroi plant in Belgium, producing quality slabs since 2017.
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