Encevo and ArcelorMittal enter a partnership to develop a biomass plant and heat valorisation project at ArcelorMittal steel plant site in Rodange

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Encevo to become partner of ArcelorMittal to decarbonise steel production.

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28/01/2021 | Partenariat
  • AM Rodange from above 1

The Encevo Group, through its subsidiaries Enovos S.A. and LuxEnergie S.A. have signed today with ArcelorMittal Belval & Differdange S.A. (hereinafter referred to as “ArcelorMittal”) a Memorandum of Understanding on a cooperation concerning the development of a biomass plant and a heat valorisation project in Rodange.

ArcelorMittal, which produces various types of rails and sections on its industrial site in Rodange, envisages to reduce its CO2 footprint by substituting part of its natural gas consumption with recourse to biogenic energy sources. In the context of its general sustainability policy, ArcelorMittal is also interested in valorising excess heat from its industrial site in the vicinity of the Rodange site.

Enovos has, notably through its affiliate LuxEnergie, an extensive experience in the design, construction and operation of biomass-based plants and in the sourcing and handling of energy wood. Enovos has a strong experience in the development of energy installations using renewable sources and has a deep knowledge of the relating regulatory environment.

The parties of the MoU agreed to develop and further refine the technical concept for the biomass plant and heat valorisation and aim to have the biomass plant operational in 2023. When it comes to the heat valorisation, it is intended to launch the development of the concept in the course of this year and thus to be able to build up the basic prerequisites for a later distribution of heat to buildings located in the vicinity of the Rodange site.

“We are very pleased to have engaged in a cooperation with Enovos and LuxEnergie with the goal of identifying a technically and economically satisfactory solution for the design, construction and operation of a biogas plant and a heat valorisation project on the Rodange site. We searched, and found in Enovos and LuxEnergie strong partners with which we can address the challenges of the energy transition and decarbonisation in our plants in Luxembourg”, said Vincent Cholet, CTO of ArcelorMittal Europe – Long Products.

Claude Seywert, CEO of Encevo Group, underlined: “The signing of this partnership by our subsidiaries Enovos and LuxEnergie underlines the Encevo Group's commitment to decarbonisation. Industry in general and the steel industry in particular are facing huge challenges to reduce their climate-related emissions in the upcoming years. Encevo Group sees itself as the natural partner of the industry to accompany and support them in their decarbonisation efforts and would like to contribute with its competence and know-how to find technically feasible and financially viable solutions”.

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