ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe has invited companies to submit bids for the supply of up to 151kt of green or blue hydrogen.

The hydrogen will be used for the direct-iron reduction facilities it is building at its Duisburg plant, which is Germany’s largest steel mill.

The company, which is Germany’s largest steelmaker, plans to complete construction of its new direct-reduced iron (DRI) facilities at the plant — which will use clean hydrogen to extract iron from ore— by the end of 2026, with the capacity to produce 2.5Mt/yr of DRI.

In the tender, ThyssenKrupp is seeking ten-year contracts for an ‘expected volume requirement’ of 104kt of renewable or blue hydrogen in 2028, 143kt/yr between 2029 and 2035, and 151kt in both 2036 and 2037. That annual amount of green H2 would require about 1.5GW of electrolysers and perhaps 3GW of new renewable power (due to EU additionality requirements).

The hydrogen will be delivered via the planned national H2 pipeline network, meaning it could theoretically be produced anywhere in the world.

''The planned [40km] hydrogen pipeline between Dorsten and the Duisburg district of Hamborn [where the steel mill is based] will provide a secure connection to a supraregional hydrogen network.”

Statement from Thyssenkrupp's website

On its website, the company stated: “The planned [40km] hydrogen pipeline between Dorsten and the Duisburg district of Hamborn [where the steel mill is based] will provide a secure connection to a supraregional hydrogen network.”

It is the second tender for green hydrogen supply unveiled by a private company in Europe, following TotalEnergies’ call for 500kt/yr by 2030 for its European refineries, which was launched in September last year.

Source: Hydrogen Insight, image link