Government Approves LIBERTY Ostrava Plans for Hybrid Furnaces
LIBERTY Ostrava has received approval from the Czech Republic’s Ministry of Environment to implement new low carbon technologies and start its journey towards becoming carbon neutral by 2030. The Ministry has approved the Environmental Impact Assessment for Ostrava’s ambitious investment plan in the transformation of its steelmaking operations through the use of two hybrid furnaces, the first of their kind in Europe. The modern hybrid technology, which will replace the existing tandem furnaces by the end of 2022, will have a significantly lower environmental footprint reducing carbon emissions by more than 50% and particulate emissions by 66%.
The modernization of the steel shop consists of the construction of two hybrid furnaces, which will replace the existing four tandem furnaces and have the same annual production capacity of 3.5 million tonnes of steel. The new hybrid steel-making technology will allow the business: to use higher volumes of local steel scrap, reducing its reliance on imported natural resources; to produce significantly lower CO2 emissions; have greater flexibility to respond to changing market situations, by enabling it to switch between or blend Blast Furnace and Electric Arc Furnace produced steel, liquid steel produced from iron ores and coke in the Blast Furnaces and steel from recycled scrap in the Hybrid Furnaces. LIBERTY Ostrava plans to build and commission the new furnaces by the end of 2022.