Blastr Green Steel (Blastr) has signed a partnership agreement with Lhoist, a global supplier of lime, dolime, and mineral solutions, to develop a scalable decarbonized value chain for ultra-low CO₂ steel production in Europe.

Blastr and Lhoist aim to reach an agreement on the future supply of Lhoist’s LEVEL|GREEN® low carbon lime and dolime, which the company claims would reduce Scope 3 emissions of the Inkoo plant to 50 kg CO₂ per tonne of steel.

Blastr aims to produce 2.5Mt of ultra-low CO₂ steel annually in its future steel plant in Inkoo, Finland. Lime and dolime are essential raw materials for steel production, and the agreement’s purpose is to evaluate the supply of these materials to Blastr.

“Initiating co-operation with Lhoist for the possible use of LEVEL|GREEN® low carbon lime and dolime could aid Blastr’s Scope 3 embodied emissions reduction by as much as 50 kg CO₂ per tonnes of steel.''

Mikael Lindvall, chief technology officer at Blastr Green Steel

“Initiating co-operation with Lhoist for the possible use of LEVEL|GREEN® low carbon lime and dolime could aid Blastr’s Scope 3 embodied emissions reduction by as much as 50 kg CO₂ per tonnes of steel. Using low CO₂ raw materials is of utmost importance in our ambitious journey to produce steel with CO₂ emissions as low as 300kg per tonne corresponding to 90% lower CO₂ emissions throughout the value chain,” said Mikael Lindvall, chief technology officer at Blastr.

“We fully support the emergence of green industries in the Nordics and are proud that Blastr recognizes Lhoist as the best partner for its project development.''

Mathias Michiels, commercial manager nordic at Lhoist

“We fully support the emergence of green industries in the Nordics and are proud that Blastr recognizes Lhoist as the best partner for its project development. The Lhoist Group is taking a leading role in reducing the carbon footprint of the lime industry by implementing low-carbon fuels on a large scale and investing in cutting-edge carbon capture technologies. The enthusiasm of companies like Blastr strengthens our belief that the market is ready for our LEVEL|GREEN® low carbon lime and dolime,” commented Mathias Michiels, commercial manager nordic at Lhoist.

The partnership will include technical support for selecting lime and dolime products and implementing them into the steel production process. Lhoist will also evaluate an investment project for a terminal handling the supply of the products to the steel plant and support Blastr with its permitting process throughout this evaluation. The partners aim to sign a supply agreement in due course, which is subject to Blastr’s final investment decision for the steel plant.

“Access to large quantities of high-quality lime and dolime is essential for Blastr to produce high-quality strip steel products for our end-customers.''

Antti Kaikkonen, country manager at Blastr Finland

“Access to large quantities of high-quality lime and dolime is essential for Blastr to produce high-quality strip steel products for our end-customers. Lhoist can offer supply chain security thanks to its European wide network of plants. Therefore, this partnership with Lhoist enables us to jointly explore the most optimal supply solutions as well as to investigate the most efficient methods to use the lime and dolime in the steel plant,” added Antti Kaikkonen, country manager at Blastr Finland.