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Veolia Carbon Clean Starts Carbon-Capture Project at Tata Steel

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20 Jan, 2022, 5:38 am

Leader in cost-effective carbon capture solutions Carbon Clean and leader for optimized resource management Veolia joint venture Veolia Carbon Clean have celebrated its first project milestone. The joint venture's first project milestone is a two-year contract with Tata Steel for the operation and maintenance of the first carbon capture plant for a blast furnace in India. The Jamshedpur steel plant is capturing 5 tonnes of CO2 per day directly from the blast furnace gas and making it available for onsite reuse in a variety of applications. The depleted CO2 gas is then sent back to the gas network with an increased calorific value.

India's first carbon capture plant for a blast furnace was commissioned for Tata Steel’s Jamshedpur steel plant in India by Carbon Clean in September 2021. The modular skid mounted unit captures CO2 directly from the blast furnace gas and makes it available for onsite reuse in a variety of applications. The depleted CO2 gas is then sent back to the gas network with an increased calorific value. The 5 tonnes per day carbon capture plant along with its semi commercial use within the steel value chain, makes the Tata Steel Jamshedpur plant the first-of-its-kind in the world within the steel industry.

Carbon Clean is committed to reducing industrial carbon dioxide emissions and helping India achieve its climate goals through the development of a series of carbon capture and compressed biogas projects. This kind of affordable carbon capture technology will play a significant role in India’s transition to a low carbon energy future. Veolia Carbon Clean will continue to work towards making cost-effective CCUS a reality in India. Recycled CO2 products are now a multibillion-dollar growing market and carbon capture is a trillion-dollar market, according to International Energy Agency estimates. India has pledged to get 50% of its energy from renewable resources and reduce its total projected carbon emissions by one billion tonnes by 2030.
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US & UK Decide to Resolve Section 232 Steel Tariffs

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20 Jan, 2022, 5:40 am

United States Secretary of Commerce Ms Gina M Raimondo, United States Trade Representative Ms Katherine Tai and United Kingdom Secretary of State for International Trade Ms Anne-Marie Trevelyan announced the start of bilateral discussions to address global steel and aluminum excess capacity, including the United States’ application of tariffs on imports from the United Kingdom under Section 232 and the UK’s retaliatory tariffs on certain US exports to the UK. Both parties are committed to working towards an expeditious outcome that ensures the viability of steel and aluminum industries in both markets against the continuing shared challenge of global excess capacity and strengthens their democratic alliance.

During a virtual meeting, Ms Raimondo and Ms Trevelyan discussed the impact on their industries stemming from global excess capacity driven largely by China. The distortions that result from this excess capacity pose a serious threat to market-oriented steel and aluminum industries in the United States and the United Kingdom, and to the workers in those industries. They agreed that, as the United States and the United Kingdom are close and long-standing partners, sharing similar national security interests as democratic market economies, they can partner to promote high standards, address shared concerns and hold countries that practice harmful market-distorting policies to account.

Ms Raimondo, Ms Tai and Ms Trevelyan will enter into discussions on the mutual resolution of concerns in this area that addresses steel and aluminum excess capacity and the deployment of effective solutions, including appropriate trade measures, to preserve our critical industries.
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DGFT Issues Clarification on Steel Import Monitoring System

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20 Jan, 2022, 5:43 am

India’s Director General of Foreign Trade has issued the clarification on the Steel Import Monitoring System on 19 January 2022. Director General of Foreign Trade said “Subsequent to the issuance of Notification No 33/2015-2020 dated 28 09 2020 amending import policy of all HSN Codes under chapter-72, 73 and 86 of Schedule -I (Import Policy) of ITC (HS) from Free to Free subject to compulsory registration under Steel Import Monitoring System, DGFT has received various representations from members of Trade & Industry seeking clarification on SIMS. The issues were referred to Steel Ministry and based upon their clarification, responses are given below

A. Whether re-import of goods for packaging purposes falling under HS codes of Chapters 72,73 and 86 of ITC (HS), 2017 is also covered under scope of SIMS? “Response: Re-import of steel for packaging purposes will not be covered under SIMS as it is not primarily meant for value addition, rather being re-imported for packaging only.

B. Whether SIMS Registration is required if the steel/steel item is exported from DTA to SEZ and then imported from SEZ to DTA when [i] the item is being imported to DTA without any value addition and [ii] the item is being imported to DTA after some value addition? “Response: In both the cases i.e. [i] if the steel item is exported from DTA to SEZ and then imported into DTA from SEZ without value addition, or [ii] with value addition, there should be no requirement for SIMS registration.”
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Tenaris Delivers Challenging Coiled Tubing Strings to Alaska

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21 Jan, 2022, 4:42 am

Following a calculated manufacturing and logistics execution, Tenaris has successfully produced its largest and most complex coiled tubing string for delivery to Alaska. Following months of preparation, the first string was produced October 2021, with the second following just a few weeks later. Using a new 350-foot long inspection line, the team was able to spool directly outside onto a final foundation, where the 500-ton crane lifted the spools onto the specialty frames for transport.

In February of 2021, the team at Tenaris’s coiled tubing facility in Houston in Texas US, received a call for its most challenging order or two 2.375 inches, 33,000 feet long HT-110 grade strings, with an estimated weight of 85 short tons each. The project would require unique engineering and an out-of-the-box approach to logistics, while racing against the clock, to make sure the string could reach its Alaskan home before roads froze over during the winter season. The string was ordered by a major oil and gas customer with a preference for BlueCoil technology, a heat-treated coiled tubing developed using proprietary steel designs and manufacturing processes.

The massive strings had to be transported to Alaska via road and barge. With the reels themselves too tall to stand vertically on a trailer, the team decided to use a proprietary solution, a patented steel frame, designed by Tenaris engineers that could be raised and lowered on a trailer. The spools then began their 5,000-mile journey from Houston to Alaska.

Through 2021, the team worked to prepare for the production of the string. They developed alternative routing for the production process that eliminated the use of cranes when transferring the string from the mill to the HT line, expanded the steel accumulator by three feet in diameter, and added higher capacity lifting bags to the Air Float used in the process.
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Turkish Pipe Makers Secure Orders from Egypt & Latin America

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21 Jan, 2022, 4:46 am

Turkish Tosyali Holding’s subsidiary Tosgelik Spiral Boru announced that it will supply steel pipes to Egypt's large water pipeline and port piling projects. Tosgelik Spiral Boru is to supply 38,000 tonnes of 2.5 meter and 2.2 meter diameter externally three-layer polyethylene and internally solvent-free epoxy-coated water pipes to Bahr El-Baqr waste water treatment plant within the framework of the Sinai Project and the Al Hamam Irrigation Project in New Cairo. Meanwhile, the company will also supply HSAW piling pipes with a diameter of 2.2 meters and length of 27 meters totaling about 10,000 tonnes to be used in the construction of Abu Qir Port within the scope of Abu Qir Port Terminal Project.

Turkish Erciyas Qelik Boru Sanayi has announced that it has signed an international sales contract with a large Latin America-based energy company to export Fusion Bonded Expoxy coated gas pipes. The sale of the pipes, each 24 meters long, is valued at approximately USD 22.2 million. Delivery is scheduled for October of this year.
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OMK Pipes Pass Strength Tests at the Gazprom Transgaz Site

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21 Jan, 2022, 4:49 am

Russian pipe maker United Metallurgical Company OMK pipes f for the construction of main gas pipelines with an increased level of pressure in areas of increased seismic activity and permafrost have successfully passed pneumatic tests by Gazprom Transgaz Yekaterinburg at an experimental site in the Chelyabinsk Region in Russia. The new products were developed by specialists from the OMK Engineering and Technology Center together with Gazprom VNIIGAZ. An experimental batch was made at the OMK Vyksa plant in the Nizhny Novgorod region from its own rolled products from K65 steel. OMK pipes are capable of withstanding gas pressures up to 150 atmospheres (standard pipes are designed for pressures up to 120 atmospheres). At the same time, due to the special composition of steel, they have increased deformation resistance, which allows them to maintain integrity during subsidence or swelling of the base. The pipes are designed for operation in areas with unstable soils and seismically hazardous areas.

At the Kopeysk test site, OMK products have successfully passed testing for resistance to avalanche failure, in which the rupture of one pipe leads to the failure of an extended section of the gas pipeline. For the experiment, OMK supplied pipes with a diameter of 1420 mm and a wall thickness of 27.6 mm. They were welded into a 200-meter lash, imitating a real gas pipeline. The ends were closed with power plugs, and air was pumped inside under a pressure of 150 atmospheres and a set of equipment was installed to control pressure, temperature and a number of other parameters. An initiator coil with a shaped charge was placed in the center of the whip to create an initiating crack (compressed air is the main factor causing the destruction of the pipeline).

The tests were successful, fully confirming the high quality of Vyksa pipes and their compliance with the stated requirements.
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Northwest Pipe Introduces InfraShield Seismic Resilient Joints

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21 Jan, 2022, 4:52 am

Vancouver Washington based US’s leading manufacturer of water-related infrastructure pipes Northwest Pipe Company is now manufacturing a seismic resilient joint system for steel water transmission pipelines that can be used in conjunction with other pipeline systems. The InfraShield Seismic Resilient Joint System builds upon the proven performance of C200 steel pipe and adds a small projection in the pipe wall that effectively transfers tensile and compression forces associated with seismic events. The patent-pending technology has undergone rigorous testing to simulate performance during seismic, differential settlement, and landslide events, as well as in areas with liquefaction hazards.

Made in the USA with sustainable AWWA-certified steel, InfraShield® offers several advantages over competing seismic joint systems. Its resilient construction maintains watertight integrity and can withstand multiple shocks during and after events, unlike PVC or HPDE pipe. The InfraShield system can be used with other joining systems, and can provide superior performance after an event when installed in a pipeline's geohazard or seismic zones.

InfraShield is designed to provide a substantially lower cost of lifetime ownership compared to other seismic resilient systems that may require special field crew training, installation oversight from the manufacturer, or even overseas delivery. In addition to the ease of installation and reliability, InfraShield delivers joint soundness without perfect trench grading or soil stability.

Founded in 1966, Northwest Pipe Company is a leading manufacturer for water-related infrastructure products. In addition to being the largest manufacturer of engineered steel water pipeline systems in North America, the Company manufactures high-quality precast and reinforced concrete products; water, wastewater, and stormwater equipment; steel casing pipe; bar-wrapped concrete cylinder pipe; and one of the largest offerings of pipeline system joints, fittings, and specialized components.
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MMK Reports Milestones for Sintering Shops in 2021

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21 Jan, 2022, 4:56 am

Russian steel maker MMK announced that at the end of 2021, the sinter shop of the Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works produced 11.389 million tonnes of sinter for charging in blast furnaces. For MMK's sinter production, which will celebrate its 85th anniversary this year, this is a record figure since 1989. The sinter shop is part of the structure of mining and processing production, the first stage in MMK's technological cycle. It includes three sinter plants with a total capacity of 11.3 million tonnes of sinter per year. In recent years, sulfur trapping units Nos 2 and 3 have been reconstructed at sinter plants, which has made it possible to significantly reduce emissions of sulfur dioxide and suspended solids.

The most important event for the sinter production of Magnitka was the launch of sinter plant No 5 in 2019. The capacity of the new sinter plant is 5.5 million tonnes of high-quality stabilized chilled sinter per year. The project is part of MMK's strategy for the modernization of the first stage. The launch of the new sinter plant made it possible to provide MMK's blast furnace shop with high-quality raw materials produced using modern energy-saving and environmentally friendly technologies.

Thanks to the commissioning of the sinter plant, the outdated equipment of sinter plant No 4 was decommissioned, which significantly reduced the environmental impact. As a result, dust emissions were reduced by 2 times by 2,100 tonnes per year, sulfur oxide by 4 times by 3,500 tonnes per year and benzolpyrene by 16 times. Moreover, the discharge of pollutants into the circulating water supply system decreased by 600 tonnes per year, and there was also a reduction in process waste in sludge storage No 2 by 13,750 tonnes per year.
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Sui Southern Gas NOC Remains a Hurdle in PSM Asset Transfer Plan

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21 Jan, 2022, 4:59 am

The Tribune reported that the board of directors of Sui Southern Gas Company has refused to accept the letter of comfort issued by the Finance Division, which is required before the grant of no-objection certificate for the transfer of Pakistan Steel Mills assets to its new subsidiary. Pakistan’s Cabinet Committee on Privatization had earlier given directive that Sui Southern Gas Company should withdraw litigation &stay order against PSM following the issuance of letter of comfort by the Finance Division. Though the Finance Division has issued the letter of comfort, representatives of the Petroleum Division and SSGC conveyed to the CCOP in a meeting held at the end of last month that the SSGC board did not find the letter satisfactory.

The financial advisers, appointed by the Privatization Commission, in a brief presentation had highlighted the need for the issuance of no-objection certificate by SSGC for the transfer of PSM’s core operating assets to its subsidiary Steel Corp (Pvt) Ltd, as envisaged in the Scheme of Arrangement, besides the withdrawal of stay order against PSM. Steel plant and machinery and land measuring 1,229 acres envisaged to be transferred to Steel Corp (Pvt) Ltd, to other assets of PSM

According to a meeting of the Privatization Board held last week, 6 international investors have disclosed their interest in Pakistan Steel Mills Corporation and have submitted Statement of Qualification and a prequalification committee was formulated to scrutinize the pre-qualified parties.
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Eurasian Commission Extends AD Duty on Steel Pipe from Ukraine

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21 Jan, 2022, 5:03 am

Eurasian Economic Commission has decided to extend for 5 years the anti-dumping duty on casing, tubing and oil pipelines imports into the customs territory of the Eurasian Economic Union from Ukraine. The Commission reached a conclusion that the lifting of anti-dumping duty entails a threat of dumping imports, which could harm the industry. The decision was made as a result of a repeated anti-dumping investigation launched by the Internal Market Protection Department on February 8, 2021 due to the expiration of the applicable measure.

The investigation was conducted on the basis of requests from Chelyabinsk Pipe Rolling Plant, Pervouralsk Novotrubny Plant, Volzhsky Pipe Plant, Seversky Pipe Plant, Sinarsky Pipe Plant, Taganrogsky Metallurgical Plant, TMK-KPV JSC, Vyksa Metallurgical Plant and TMK-Kaztrubprom LLP.

In June 2011, the EEC imposed the following anti-dumping duties on imports of steel pipes and tubes from Ukraine:

18.9% for casing pipes;

19.9% for tubing pipes;

19.4–37.7% for oil line pipes, depending on producer.

By its Decision No 48 dated 2 June 2016, the EEC has further extended those safeguards until 1 June 2021. In April 2021, the EEC extended the anti-dumping duties for the period of the investigation.
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Buy American Steel Bill Moves or Governor Approval in Florida

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21 Jan, 2022, 5:05 am

Florida’s House Local Administration and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee unanimously approved a bill by Republican Anthony Rodriguez of Miami. The measure would require taxpayer-funded public works to domestically source iron and steel products. Mr Rodriguez said “This is not about the iron and steel companies. It’s about our taxpayer dollars. It’s about American dollars. And it’s about the safety of our people … the regulations, the safety of the production of this iron that we walk on, we drive on, we live in, which can certainly not be regulated overseas.”

The rule, if passed and signed by Governor Ron DeSantis, would also cover various other governmental entities, including school districts, taxing districts, colleges and universities.

Like its federal precursor, the Buy American Act of 1993, the bill’s restrictions could be waived if the domestic supply of iron and steel is inadequate for a project or if it is of unsatisfactory quality. The bill, which would not mandate rules for private businesses, also would not apply if the use of US iron or steel would increase the total project cost by 20%.
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Russian NLMK Reports 10% Surge in Steel Production in 2021

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21 Jan, 2022, 5:08 am

Russian steel maker NLMK Group has increased sales in Q4 o 2021 by 8% QoQ to 4.5 million tonnes on the back of a 16% QoQ increase in production to 4.5 million tonnes. Steel production increased due to higher utilization at the Lipetsk site following repairs to the steelmaking oxygen supply infrastructure in August 2021. Sale of finished products increased by 12% QoQ to 3.1 million tonnes as compared to the same period in 2020. Sale of finished products increased by 18% due to an increase in sales of galvanized and hot-rolled steel. Slower group sales growth relative to production was driven by a 26% QoQ & 16% YoY decrease in semi-finished product shipments to third parties due to higher intragroup slab shipments and lower square billet shipments amid negative profitability in the context of the export duty. Sales in the home markets increased by 14% QoQ to 3.2 million tonnes, up 20% YoY

Steel production in 2021 increased by 10% YoY to 17.4 million tonnes as equipment reached full capacity following the modernization of NLMK's blast-furnace and steelmaking operations, as well as higher output in Long Products Russia and NLMK USA. Sales amounted to 16.8 million tonnes down 4% YoY on the back of the resumption of intra-group deliveries of NLMK slabs to NLMK USA assets to 1.3 million tonnes and lower sales of salable pig iron due to higher steel production, which was partially offset by higher shipments of finished products third parties. Sales in the "home" markets increased by 6% YoY to 11.4 million tonnes due to the growth of deliveries in the US up 27% YoY and Russia up 9% YoY markets.

Export sales declined by 22% YoY to 5.2 million tonnes due to a high base effect in 2020, when shipments were redistributed to external markets due to weak demand in Russia and the US during tight quarantine restrictions.
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Gerdau Investing in Riograndense Plant in Brazil

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21 Jan, 2022, 5:10 am

Brazilian steel maker Gerdau announced that it will invest BRL 200 million (USD 37 million) in its Riograndense unit in Sapucaia do Sul in Brazil for the modernization and renovation of its steel shop. The investments are aimed at modernizing the steelworks facilities, implementing improvements in the digital transformation and industry 4.0 journey and improving environmental and safety conditions in the steel production process, such as the modernization of the dedusting system. About 400 new direct and indirect jobs will be generated during the execution of the investments.

Activities at the Riograndense Unit Steelworks will be interrupted in February, with a return scheduled for the beginning of 2023, after the completion of the investments and planned renovations. Market service will remain unchanged, as the unit's rolling operations will be supplied by semi-finished products manufactured at other Gerdau plants located in Brazil.

With 1,200 employees, the Riograndense unit has an annual crude steel production capacity of 450 thousand tonnes and 495 thousand tonnes of finished products, including rebar, wire rod, bars, drawn wires and nails.
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Worker Killed at Posco’s Pohang Steel Plant Coke Oven

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21 Jan, 2022, 5:13 am

Local media reported that a worker at Posco’s Pohang Steelworks in North Gyeongsang in South Korea died on Thursday. The 39-year-old was employed by Samhe E&C, a subcontractor, and died Thursday while working at Posco’s No 3 Coke Plant. The worker was conducting a safety inspection of a steam pipe at the facility and was hit with a vehicle transporting coke at 9:47 AM. The steelmaker has set up a team to deal with the accident and is in talks with Pohang Nambu Police to determine the exact cause of the accident.

Posco CEO Mr Choi Jeong-woo said “We express our deepest condolences. “I offer my deepest apologies to the victim and the bereaved family. The company is trying to establish the exact cause of the accident and will fully cooperate with the authorities for investigation, vowing utmost efforts for follow-up measures to prevent any similar incidents.”
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Vietnam's Steel Scrap Imports Slows Down in H2 of 2021

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21 Jan, 2022, 5:15 am

Vietnamese customs data shows that Vietnam's ferrous scrap imports rose by 1.1% YoY in 2021 to 6.34 million tonnes as scrap demand was affected in the second half of the year from Covid-19 lockdowns and weaker Asian steel markets. Scrap demand during January-July was supported by billet exports to China, with scrap imports during the period up by 32.5% from a year earlier. But imports during August-December fell by 30.4% as steel demand was subdued by lockdown measures over June-September.

Vietnamese buyers sought supplies from other origins as Japanese scrap prices remained elevated for most of the time, pushing imports from the US and Hong Kong to both rise by more than 60% in 2021

Hong Kong - 0.553 million tonnes, up 75.3% YoY

US - 1.705 million tonnes, up 65.2% YoY

Others - 1.317 million tonnes, up 24.8% YoY

Australia - 0.504 million tonnes, up 9.8% YoY

Japan - 2.264 million tonnes, down 33.6% YoY

Source: Vietnam customs
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NCLAT Approves ArcelorMittal India Plan for Odisha Slurry Pipeline

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21 Jan, 2022, 5:18 am

The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal has approved the Resolution Plan submitted by ArcelorMittal India Private Limited for the corporate insolvency resolution process of Odisha Slurry Pipeline Infrastructure Limited. A bench comprising HMJ Jarat Kumar Jain and Kanthi Narahariof the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal New Delhi dismissed the various appeals challenging the approval of the Resolution Plan filed by ArcelorMittal for the corporate insolvency resolution process of Odisha Slurry Pipeline Infrastructure Limited. In the appeal filed by SIFL, the NCLAT said “Having held that the plan approved by the CoC by a vote of 100 per cent in its meeting and approved by the Adjudicating Authority, in toto, we do not find any infirmity or illegality in the order passed by the Adjudicating Authority approving the Resolution Plan.”

ArcelorMittal India Private Ltd's resolution plan for Odisha Slurry Pipeline Infrastructure Limited under the insolvency law was approved by the Committee of Creditors in December 2019 and by the National Company Law Tribunal Cuttack bench in March 2020.

Senior Advocates Harish N Salve and Neeraj Kishan Kaul appeared and argued on behalf of ArcelorMittal Group. The ArcelorMittal Group was advised and represented by a legal team comprising Ruby Singh Ahuja, Vishal Gehrana, Ashutosh Shukla and Varun Khanna from Karanjawala & Company, Sudhir Sharma and Naman Bagga from L&L Partners and Ashim Sood, Advocate.

Odisha Slurry Pipeline Infrastructure Limited owns and operates a 253-km slurry pipeline, a critical ancillary unit. The slurry pipeline was leased to Essar and the user charges captured in the right to use agreement. The pipeline connects AM/NS India iron ore beneficiation plant in Dabuna with the 12 million tonne pellet plant in Paradip.
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Italian Crude Steel Output Recovers by 20% YoY in 2021

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21 Jan, 2022, 5:20 am

Italian steel producer’s association Federacciai data shows that the Italian steel industry closed 2021 with a crude steel output of 24.4 million tonnes increasing by 19.8% YoY. Production in the year was also higher than production in 2019 of 23.2 million tonnes, while it was in line with the output recorded in 2018. 2021 was a year characterized by a strong recovery, especially in the period between March and September, largely due to the comparison with the months in 2020 when producers had remained inactive due to the pandemic.

Month Wise Steel Production

January - 1.9 million tonnes

February - 2.1 million tonnes

March - 2.3 million tonnes

April - 2.1 million tonnes

May - 2.2 million tonnes

June - 2.2 million tonnes

July - 2.2 million tonnes

August -1.3 million tonnes

September - 2.3 million tonnes

October - 2.2 million tonnes

November -2.2 million tonnes

December -1.5 million tonnes

Source – Federacciai
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CELSA Joins Spanish Renewable Hydrogen Project SHYNE

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21 Jan, 2022, 5:24 am

Spanish long steel producer CELSA Group has has joined The Spanish Hydrogen Network project, SHYNE, which is the largest renewable hydrogen consortium in Spain, made up of 33 entities from different sectors to promote the decarbonization of the economy through renewable hydrogen. CELSA Group’s participation in this project is fully aligned with the company’s aspiration to become Net Positive by 2040, one of the objectives included in their Sustainability Roadmap. The family company that produces circular and low-emission steel, thanks to the use of steel production technology in electric arc furnaces, -the most efficient and sustainable that currently exist-, seeks to introduce hydrogen into its production processes to contribute to advance its complete decarbonization.

SHYNE will deploy projects in ten autonomous communities and have a total investment of EUR 3.23 billion euros that will serve to develop more competitive technologies and evolve both the Spanish industry and its infrastructure towards decarbonization. Among the consortium’s objectives is the ambition to reach an installed capacity of 500 MW in 2025 and 2 GW in 2030. This is half of the target set in the Hydrogen Roadmap published by the Spanish Government.

In addition, projects will be promoted throughout the value chain, including installing renewable generation and stimulating the different industrial uses of hydrogen through a strong sectoral integration. It will also promote the use of hydrogen in all transportation segments, through the production of synthetic fuels and the creation of an infrastructure with at least 12 hydrogen filling stations by 2025.

The consortium will be a national collaboration network that will support all projects and manage the knowledge and research of pioneering technologies, promoting competitiveness and the creation of quality employment. The commitment of the participating entities and the sum of their capabilities will place Spain at the technological forefront, as one of the powers in the renewable hydrogen economy in Europe.

Companies that are part of SHYNE

Promoting partners

Repsol

Alsa

Bosch

Celsa

Enagás

Scania

Talgo

Collaborating partners

AMES Group

Asociación Española de Hidrógeno (AEH2)

Balearia

BBE

Calvera

Centro Nacional de Experimentación de Tecnologías de Hidrógeno y Pilas de Combustible (CNH2)

Centro Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)

Centro Tecnológico de Automoción de Galicia (CTAG)

Cidetec

DYPAM

EPowerlabs

Fundación Hidrógeno Aragón

Fundación Instituto de Investigación de la Energía de Cataluña (IREC)

Iberia

Magrana

Navantia

Primafrío

PYMAR

Sidenor

Sociedad Española de Cerámica y Vidrio

TECNALIA

Tubacex

Universidad de Alicante

Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha

Wartsila

Zigor
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RIVM: veel meer ziekmakende stoffen in de lucht dan Tata Steel zegt
Door EDWIN TIMMER

Updated 44 min geleden
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ZEIST - In de omgeving van staalbedrijf Tata Steel zitten veel hogere concentraties kankerverwekkende stoffen in de lucht dan het staalbedrijf zelf zegt uit te stoten. Dat blijkt uit nieuw onderzoek van het Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu (RIVM). Van sommige ziekmakende stoffen hangt zelfs duizend keer zoveel in de lucht als Tata zelf opgeeft.

„Het gaat om een groot en opmerkelijk verschil”, zegt onderzoeker Janneke Elberse van het RIVM. Het ’gat’ tussen verwachte en gemeten concentraties is vooral te zien bij metalen en paks, ofwel polycyclische aromatische koolwaterstoffen. Koper wordt tot vijftig keer meer aangetroffen door meetstations, en kankerverwekkende paks zelfs tot een factor duizend vaker.

Het RIVM stelt daarmee niet dat Tata, bewust of onbewust, onjuiste gegevens meldt in zijn verplichte emissieregistratie. „Of de milieujaarverslagen van Tata kloppen, weten we niet. Dit zegt ook niets over of het staalbedrijf zich aan wettelijke verplichtingen houdt”, aldus Elberse. Zeker is wel, stelt het RIVM, dat het grootste deel van die extra gemeten stoffen afkomstig moeten zijn van het terrein van de staalindustrie.

Incidenten
Een mogelijke verklaring is dat de feitelijke emissies van Tata inderdaad hoger zijn dan het bedrijf zelf inschat en opgeeft. Maar er zijn meer mogelijkheden, stelt de RIVM-deskundige. Zo kunnen incidenten een groter effect hebben dan gedacht. Ook kunnen andere bedrijven op het terrein, zoals Harsco Metals en Pelt & Hooykaas, bronnen zijn. Een combinatie is ook nog mogelijk.

Naast de staalproductie is er rond de IJmond geen andere mogelijke bron voor de hoge concentraties aan gevaarlijke stoffen. Paks komen vrij bij de productie van kooks in het proces om staal te maken. Ook bereiken ze de lucht door verwaaiing van bergen steenkool. Bronnen voor de gevaarlijke metalen zijn volgens het RIVM de productie van kooks, pellets en sintererts.

Problematisch is de onzekere situatie wel. Elberse: „Als je wilt draaien aan knoppen om deze gevaarlijke uitstoot terug te dringen, dan moet je eerst weten wat de exacte bronnen zijn. Dat weten we nu dus niet.” Alleen als de uitstoot van ziekmakende stoffen daadwerkelijk kan worden verlaagd, zijn omwonenden in Wijk aan Zee, Beverwijk en Velsen te vrijwaren van verdere gezondheidsrisico’s.

Nieuwe dreun
Het aangetoonde gat tussen geregistreerde uitstoot en gemeten stoffen betekent een nieuwe dreun voor de voormalige Hoogovens. Eerdere studies van het RIVM stelden al dat huisartsen in de IJmond vaker acute gezondheidsklachten rapporteren dan elders in Nederland. Het gaat dan om hoesten, prikkende ogen, benauwdheid en pijn op de borst.

BEKIJK OOK:
GGD-directeur laat naam Tata Steel uit longkankerrapport schrappen

Afgelopen september concludeerde het RIVM bovendien dat de uitstoot van kankerverwekkende stoffen als lood en paks zorgen baart. Die zweven niet alleen in de lucht, maar slaan ook neer als zwarte aanslag op kozijnen en speeltoestellen. Vooral de blootstelling van kinderen jonger dan 12 jaar in het gebied aan deze metalen en paks acht het RIVM zeer ongewenst. Uit cijfers van het Integraal Kankerinstituut Nederland tenslotte bleek al eerder dat longkanker tot 51 procent vaker voorkomt dan gemiddeld.

BEKIJK OOK:
Kinderen die opgroeien bij Tata Steel blootgesteld aan kankerverwekkende stoffen
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RIVM-rapport Tata slaat in als bom: ’De grenzen zijn bereikt’
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RIVM: opslaan CO2 bij Tata leidt mogelijk tot meer uitstoot

De nieuwe studie zadelt de opdrachtgevers van het rapport, de gemeenten in de IJmond en de provincie Noord-Holland, op met huiswerk. Het RIVM beveelt de provincie aan om ’de informatie over de uitstoot van bronnen op het terrein van Tata Steel te verbeteren en deze op een transparante manier te ontsluiten’. Ook moet de provincie beter in de gaten houden of de concentraties ziekmakende stoffen daadwerkelijk afnemen.

BEKIJK OOK:
Staalreus IJmuiden ingeperkt: ’Tata hoeft niet dicht, als het onze gezondheid maar niet schaadt’

Rechtszaken
Er bestaat ook een kans dat de rechter een streep zet door de werkzaamheden van het staalbedrijf. Een serie rechtszaken loopt nu tegen het bedrijf. Advocaat Bénédicte Ficq deed namens 1250 omwonenden aangifte tegen ’criminele luchtverontreiniging’. Milieuorganisatie MOB eist van de rechter dat de vergunning voor de Natuurbeschermingswet wordt vernietigd omdat het bedrijf twintig jaar niets zou hebben gedaan aan vermindering van de stikstofuitstoot.

BEKIJK OOK:
’Tata Steel loopt hopeloos achter met verlagen van uitstoot’

Tata Steel-directeur Hans van den Berg heeft gezegd dat het bedrijf ’te laat’ is begonnen met verbeteringen. De onderneming wil de kolen in het productieproces vervangen door waterstof, wat een belangrijk deel van de luchtvervuiling en de CO2-uitstoot kan wegnemen. Komende week bespreekt de Tweede Kamer die plannen en de gezondheidssituatie rond Tata Steel.

BEKIJK OOK:
Snellere overgang van Tata Steel op waterstof, scepsis bij wetenschap
BEKIJK OOK:
’Bij Tata is maken van ’groene’ staal met waterstof binnen 10 jaar haalbaar’
BEKIJK OOK:
Tata Steel-baas over longkanker, CO2, waterstof en staatsteun: ’Groen staal de toekomst’

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SAIL RSP Wins Best Integrated Steel Plant Corporate Award

Strategic Research Institute
Published on :
24 Jan, 2022, 4:44 am

Steel Authority of India Limited’s Rourkela Steel Plant has won the Best Integrated Steel Plant title under SAIL Corporate Awards for excellence-2021. The award recognizes the remarkable overall performance of RSP in the financial year 2020-21. RSP has performed exceedingly well in production, productivity, techno-economics and profitability in the last fiscal and went on to achieve the Annual Business Plan targets for the first time in history. Director-in-Charge, Bokaro Steel Plant and Rourkela Steel Plant Mr Amarendu Prakash tweeted “Heartiest Congratulations to each member of team Rourkela Steel Plant for winning the Best Integrated Steel Plant of SAIL award under the Corporate Excellence awards for 2020-21. So proud of all of you.”

SAIL RSP registered an all time highest production of hot metal, crude steel and saleable steel in FY'21. The specific energy consumption, a key techno-economic parameter was also all time best. All the departments of the plant excelled in tandem to clock several individual records.

The incredible performance came amidst one of the most challenging times during COVID 19 pandemic. The steel plant adopted an integrated response to go past the challenges. The multipronged approach included augmenting healthcare facilities with special focus on testing, treating and vaccination during the year.
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