Towards fossil-free steelmaking with SSAB, Finland
SSAB’s transformation into fossil-free steelmaker by 2045
SSAB has announced its strategy for transformation into a fossil-free steelmaker by 2045. For Raahe Steel plant (producing ~2.6 Mton/a steel) the first phase of the plant conversion will be in 2030 and the second phase by 2040. AFRY was responsible for conducting a Pre-Feasibility study (PFS) for the new Electric Arc Furnace steelmaking process with the accuracy of +/- 30 %.
SSAB's goal is to gradually move towards fossil-free steel production. The technical planning for the conversion at the Raahe plant started in 2020. In the first phase of the planned conversion, the traditional blast furnace route steelmaking would be replaced with Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) process operating with Direct Reduced Iron feed. SSAB Raahe intends to replace Blast Furnace 1 (half of the production) with EAF´s by 2030 and by 2040 rest of the production is converted to the EAF route. By 2045 the company will be completely fossil-free.
Process concept solutions evaluation together with technology suppliers
AFRY’s assignment included Pre-Feasibility Study (PFS) for the Raahe conversion project. The main objective of the study was to produce preliminary level technical documentation and +/- 30 % capital cost and operational cost estimates.
All engineering and study phases were conducted with a “process first” mentality with the AFRY process experts and metallurgists developing the process concept with other main engineering disciplines supporting the engineering. The technology concept was studied in detail and key equipment suppliers were invited to provide their proposals for the technology supply packages. Based on the developed process concepts, the first conversion layouts and 3D model were created.
AFRY’s deep process technology understanding combined with metallurgical and infrastructure capabilities enabled AFRY to deliver a comprehensive study covering all critical areas of the conversion.
Key project facts:
Client: SSAB Europe Oy, Raahe Steel Plant
Project: Raahe Conversion Project
Service: Pre-Feasibility Study (AACE4 / FEL1)
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