Tata Steel Meramandali, Odisha, India, has placed an order with SMS group for the implementation of Paul Wurth Coke Oven Gas (COG) Injection Technology at its blast furnace (BF) #1.

Coke oven gas is a byproduct that forms during the production of coke from coal in coke ovens. This order is the first of its kind in India, which the steelmakers hopes will set a precedent for the industry's move towards sustainable steel production.

Paul Wurth COG Injection Technology aims to reduce the coke rate and consequently the carbon footprint of the blast furnace operation. By utilizing the chemical potential of COG, the process can save around 0.65 kilogram of coke for each kilogram of COG injected, which SMS claims reduces the OPEX cost and significantly improves the CO2 footprint. Paul Wurth’s COG injection technology is designed to ensure the safe and reliable injection of the highly toxic and explosive COG into the blast furnace through the tuyeres using specialized lances.

The scope of supply for the project includes plant engineering, supply of all process equipment including compressor station, electrics and automation ensuring an integrated approach to the implementation of this technology.

The project is expected to be commissioned by Q1 2026 and will be completed within 25 months.

“The implementation of this technology is not only a record-setting achievement for India but also a strategic move towards meeting the country's goal of net-zero by 2070.''

Subodh Pandey, vice president, operations - Tata Steel Meramandali, NMB & Graphene, Tata Steel

Subodh Pandey, vice president, operations - Tata Steel Meramandali, NMB & Graphene, Tata Steel, said: “The implementation of this technology is not only a record-setting achievement for India but also a strategic move towards meeting the country's goal of net-zero by 2070. As we lay the groundwork for a greener future, this collaboration with SMS group is not just a milestone for us but a beacon for the entire Indian steel industry. By adopting cutting-edge technologies like COG injection, we are not only reducing our carbon footprint but also setting a new standard in environmental stewardship while enhancing our operational efficiency and competitiveness in the global market.”

‘‘We are fully committed to #turningmetalsgreen and believe that the successful implementation of this project will only be the start of a long-term partnership with Tata Steel to implement further steps of decarbonization of TATA’s Meramandali Steel plant.”

Rene Gaiola, head of injection technologies at SMS group

Rene Gaiola, head of injection technologies at SMS group: ‘‘We are fully committed to #turningmetalsgreen and believe that the successful implementation of this project will only be the start of a long-term partnership with Tata Steel to implement further steps of decarbonization of TATA’s Meramandali Steel plant.”