VNG AG and Salzgitter AG are to join forces to investigate the options for supplying hydrogen and the resulting carbon footprint for producing steel in Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH’s steelworks in Salzgitter, Lower Saxony.
To this end, Gunnar Groebler, and Hans-Joachim Polk have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Salzgitter.
The aim of the cooperation is to complete a study on supplying hydrogen to the Salzgitter production site. The analysis will include electrolyzer options and a supply of non-pipeline hydrogen derivatives such as ammonia or methanol (e.g., via rail) that can be used as sources of energy for partial supply during a transition phase.
The focus is also on the long-term connection already planned to a supraregional hydrogen grid for transporting hydrogen on a large scale from various production regions and projects to the location.
In the joint feasibility study, Salzgitter and VNG are continuing their successful collaboration and defining the specifics of the topic of hydrogen. In the summer of 2020, both companies announced cooperation in the field of green gas.
At this point in time, an MOU was signed under which two feasibility studies on the climate-compatible supply of hydrogen and on transporting hydrogen have already been conducted.
“Developing the hydrogen economy is an essential precondition for reducing carbon emissions in the industry. We are therefore delighted to be continuing our trust-based collaboration with Salzgitter in the context of this joint analysis with a view to mapping the path toward a climate-compatible supply of hydrogen to the steelworks at the Salzgitter location,” as Hans-Joachim Polk emphasized.
Gunnar Groebler commented, stating the following: “Supplying the steelworks with hydrogen is one of the crucial elements of our SALCOS® transformation program. Having conducted an in-depth investigation on the topic in the context of a study conducted together with our partners from the Salzgitter Hydrogen Campus Salzgitter, I am looking forward to the further realization, in cooperation with VNG.”