Beijing Jianlong Heavy Industry Group Co., Ltd (Jianlong Group), one of the largest private steel producers in China, has put into operation the world first hydrogen-based smelt reduction high-purity pig iron production line in Inner Mongolia, China, H2 Bulletin reports.
The plant is installed at the Inner Mongolia Sesp Technology Co., Ltd. site, which is a subsidiary of Jianlong Group. The project saw an investment of RMB 1.09 billion (US$ 0.17 billion) and took 16 months for completion.
The plant has an annual production capacity of 300,000 tonnes/year of hydrogen-based smelting reduction pig iron. On its first day of operation, 13th April, it produced 156 tonnes of pig iron.
Commodity Inside, a consultancy, which tracks around 3,000 steel mills around the world, said that the plant commissioning was initially planned for December last year.
In March, HBIS Group, China’s second-biggest steelmaker, announced building a hydrogen-based DRI plant with an annual production capacity of 1.2 million tonnes/year. The process will help reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 40% to 60%. The first stage that will start operation by the end of this year will produce 600k tonnes/year using furnace gas as a reducing agent, while the second stage will add another 600k tonnes/year using green hydrogen produced through electrolysis using renewable energy. HBIS plans to achieve a carbon peak in 2022 and sets its carbon neutrality for 2050.