Today, SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall are taking a decisive step toward fossil-free steelmaking with the start-up of HYBRIT’s globally unique pilot plant for the production of fossil-free sponge iron. Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven started up the plant together with Isabella Lövin, Minister for Environment and Climate and Deputy Prime Minister, Martin Lindqvist, President and CEO of SSAB, Jan Moström, President and CEO of LKAB and Magnus Hall, President and CEO of Vattenfall. SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall aim to create a complete value chain for fossil-free steel.
SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall will be starting the test operation of HYBRIT’s globally unique pilot plant for the production of fossil-free sponge iron, a decisive step toward fossil-free steel production, on Monday, August 31 in Luleå. This plant represents an important step in the creation of a totally fossil-free value chain for steelmaking. Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, and Minister of Environment and Climate and Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lövin are attending the opening.
Trials using fossil-free fuels in LKAB’s pellet plant have produced successful results within the framework of the HYBRIT initiative. The world’s very first fossil-free iron ore pellets are within touching distance. SSAB, LKAB and Vattenfall intend to be the first in the world with a value chain for fossil-free steel.
SSAB, using HYBRIT technology, which endeavors to revolutionize steelmaking, aims to replace coking coal, traditionally needed for ore-based steelmaking, with fossil-free electricity and hydrogen. SSAB has now also joined the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance.
In the spring, SSAB completed employer-employee negotiations concerning temporary layoffs in its Finnish operations following weakened market conditions as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The negotiations resulted in temporary layoffs averaging three weeks in April-June. Since economic conditions and demand on the steel market continue to weaken, there will be a similar need for temporary layoffs of at least as long in July-September.
When times are tough, we should take care of one another. There are several initiatives under way within SSAB to lend a hand in different ways during the crisis that has been caused by the coronavirus.
When Cecilia Svennberg won Female Leader Engineer 2017, she chose SSAB as one of three companies for her trainee program for three reasons: The investment in fossil-free steel and HYBRIT, SSAB’s way to drive sustainable business and because she found SSAB's culture straight-forward and honest. At the beginning of the year she started her trainee periodat SSAB.
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