Official commissioning of test installation synthetic naphta ArcelorMittal Ghent and Dow Terneuzen
In a special collaborative project on the premises of ArcelorMittal and Dow Benelux have started trials with a new pilot installation at the ArcelorMittal plant in Ghent that separates carbon dioxide (CO2) and carbon monoxide (CO) from the gases that arise during the production of steel. The separated and concentrated CO2 is thus made suitable for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS or storage) and Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU or utilization), and the CO can be converted into valuable products by Dow and ArcelorMittal.
The project aims to validate technology that has already been proven in the laboratory in an industrial environment. A few years ago, ArcelorMittal Gent (BE) and Dow Benelux BV (NL) took the initiative to work with a consortium on new CO2 reduction methods. The other partners in this project supported by INTERREG2SEAS are LanzaTech (UK), the University of Lille (FR), the Institute for Sustainable Process Technology, ISPT (NL) and the Provincial Development Agency East Flanders, POM East Flanders (BE) and is part of the "Roadmap towards a climate neutral industry 2050" program of the collaboration platform Smart Delta Resources (SDR).
Innovation as the key to tackling the climate issue
At the official launching of this project, the CEOs of the two companies, Anton van Beek (Dow Benelux, UK and Nordic) and Manfred van Vlierberghe (ArcelorMittal Belgium) revealed good opportunities in a successful result of this project, with the aim of a significant reduction in CO₂ emissions in order to prevent further global warming.
Also present was the Flemish minister Philippe Muyters (economy and innovation) who underlined innovation as the key to tackling the climate issue and ruled out the introduction of a CO₂ tax for Flanders.