Russian Steelmaker NLMK and Rusatom Overseas (part of Rosatom) on 27 December signed a cooperation agreement in the field of hydrogen production and the development of technologies for CO2 capture and utilisation.
The agreement sets out joint R&D efforts in hydrogen production technologies such as water electrolysis, steam methane reforming with CO2 capture, methane pyrolysis, and piloting hydrogen production projects. The two companies also plan to assess the technical and commercial aspects of producing climate-neutral hydrogen.
"We see interest in hydrogen technologies from leading industrial companies, and we are happy to cooperate with NLMK Group, a major international player in the steelmaking sector. We are convinced that hydrogen technologies will fill a solid market niche in the countries and regions that set ambitious goals of reducing CO2 emissions in the very near future, and we are developing our own know-how solutions across the entire lifecycle of hydrogen, including promising technologies for the production of low-carbon hydrogen," said Evgeny Pakermanov, President of Rusatom Overseas.
“One of the promising directions for the development of the metallurgical industry is the use of low-carbon hydrogen, which makes it possible to reduce the use of carbon-containing resources. Rosatom is the leader of the Russian industry in the production of carbon-free energy, and we will jointly develop the use of hydrogen in metallurgy,” added Sergey Chebotarev, Vice President of NLMK Group for Energy and Environment.
NLMK Group is a vertically integrated steel company with production assets in Russia, Europe and the USA and annual steel production capacity of 17 million tonnes