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Tata Steel & SMS Group Sign MoU to Showcase SMS’ EASyMelt Technology at Tata’s Jamshedpur Blast Furnace

Tata Steel and SMS group have come together and signed an MoU to showcase the innovative EASyMelt technology by SMS group, at Tata Steel’s Jamshedpur blast furnace. The demonstration’s objective is cutting CO2 emissions by more than 50 percent from the blast furnace’s baseline operation.

Jun 15, 2023

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Left to Right: T.V. Narendran, CEO, Tata Steel and Burkhard Dahmen, CEO, SMS group, celebrate the signature of the MoU with their delegations at the METEC trade fair in Düsseldorf, Germany

SMS group and Tata Steel recently signed an MoU to conduct a joint industrial demonstration of SMS’s innovative EASyMelt technology at Tata’s blast furnace E in Jamshedpur, India. The signing marked a significant milestone in the partnership between SMS and Tata Steel. Both companies had previously signed an MoU in November 2022 for joint exploration of opportunities in decarbonizing steel production, and have now identified EASyMelt as a key CO2 emission-reduction technology to be implemented at Tata’s steelworks.

The EASyMelt (Electric-Assisted Syngas smelter) technology, developed by SMS group company, is a cutting-edge metallurgical solution that can be implemented in existing integrated steel plants and used to accelerate decarbonization. The technology utilizes blast furnace top gas recycling for syngas production by reforming the coke oven gas. The resulting syngas is then injected at both shaft and tuyere level, whereby a plasma torch system is used to further heat the gas injected at tuyere level. The main objective of this demonstration project will be to cut CO2 emissions in a first intermediate step by more than 50 percent from the blast furnace’s baseline operation.

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Mr. Burkhard Dahmen, CEO of SMS group shared, “This (partnership) will represent a significant milestone for the decarbonization of existing blast furnace plants worldwide and thus also a significant milestone in the global transformation of steel making.” Mr. T. V. Narendran, CEO and Managing Director of Tata Steel, said: Tata Steel is actively looking for solutions to facilitate the transition to green steel production, and thus contribute to a sustainable future. Further, India being the second largest steel producer in the world also places a huge responsibility on large manufacturers like Tata Steel to lead the country’s decarbonization journey.”

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