Arcelor Mittal South Africa 200MW solar project update

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  • One of the country’s biggest air polluters after Eskom and Sasol is steel maker Arcelor Mittal. Read more 
  • The company reports that thier decarbonisation progress is centered around first 200MW embedded Solar and the new arc furnace facilities at Vanderbijlpark

In a Media Site visit presentation 30 April 2024, the company said that the indicative project cost in line with benchmarked investments and the new generation plant will provide 43% RE penetration of Vanderbijlpark’s over the fence electricity with associated carbon reduction at 540ktpa.

They are in  the process of finalising grid connection approvals with Eskom and will obtaining project structure and funding approval once grid connection approvals are complete. They are also in final commercial negotiations with potential EPC’s. 

The company is also considering a variety of generation alternatives at Vanderbijlpark and Newcastle sites in light of the pending natural gas unavailability by 2026 as Mozambique gas supply to industry dries up

Arcelor Mittal also provide feedback on the Saldanha Green Steel opportunity. The company confirmed that the pre-feasibility report is nearing completion and a decision is still to be made in terms of progressing to feasibility. The hydrogen price and market demand will be among the deciding factors. Their is and alternative pathway proposed whereby the corex/midrex combination is used as a start with phased introduction of carbon capture and green hydrogen. Read more on this project HERE

Link to Arcelor Mittal’s full update HERE 

Author: Bryan Groenendaal


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