Metso invests EUR 8M on DRI Smelting Furnace facility

Metso is expanding its testing capabilities by investing EUR 8M to build a state-of-the-art DRI (direct reduced iron) Smelting Furnace pilot facility. The pilot plant will be constructed in Pori, Finland, where Metso has one of its major R&D Centers serving the minerals and metals industry. The new facility will allow customer-specific pilot-scale testing to demonstrate the applicability and results of industrial-scale DRI smelting with Metso’s Outotec® DRI Smelting Furnace technology.

The new high-capacity Outotec® DRI Smelting Furnace is one of Metso’s breakthrough technologies and a major Planet Positive solution to support decarbonizing the iron and steel industry.

Metso’s Outotec® DRI Smelting Furnace substitutes traditional blast furnaces in the production of hot metal, making it an optimal solution for primary steel producers aiming for a significant reduction in their CO2 emissions with minimal changes to the rest of the steel plant. The furnace can be integrated with Metso’s hydrogen-based CircoredTM process or other direct reduction processes.

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