SSAB, LKAB, and Vattenfall are taking the next important step to be the first in the world with a value chain for fossil-free steel. Within the framework of the HYBRIT initiative, preparations are now underway for the construction of a demonstration plant on an industrial scale, and consultations have begun for deciding on the placement of the plant in Norrbotten, Sweden.
The plan is for construction to start in 2023, with the goal of taking the plant into operation in 2025. The intention is to be able to demonstrate full-scale production with a capacity of just over 1 million metric t of iron per year, i.e., 20 % of LKAB’s total processing capacity at Malmberget and almost half of the production capacity of SSAB’s blast furnace in Luleå. The goal is to be first in the world to produce fossil-free steel as early as 2026.