Tata Steel has commissioned a 5-tonne-per-day (TPD) carbon capture plant at its Jamshedpur Works, making it the country’s first steel company to adopt such a carbon capture technology that extracts carbon-di-oxide directly from blast furnace gas, the company said on Tuesday.
Tata Steel will reuse the captured carbon dioxide on-site to promote the circular carbon economy. The project has been executed with technological support from Carbon Clean, a global leader in low-cost carbon dioxide capture technology.
The carbon capture and utilization (CCU) facility uses amine-based technology and makes the captured carbon available for onsite reuse.
The depleted carbon dioxide gas is sent back to the gas network with increased calorific value.
The CCU plant was inaugurated by T V Narendran, chief executive officer and managing director, Tata Steel, in the presence of company officials and other dignitaries.
Commenting, Narendran, said, “For the sustainability of the steel industry globally and particularly in a growing country like India, it is essential that we find economical solutions for capturing and use of carbon dioxide at scale.”
“Leadership in mitigating emissions, accessing low-cost clean energy, and providing circular economy solutions will define our sector’s journey going forward,” he added.
Narendran also said that the operational experience gathered from the 5-tonne-per-day carbon dioxide capture plant will give the required data and confidence to establish larger carbon capture plants in the future.
“As the next step, we aim to establish scaled-up facilities of carbon dioxide capture integrated with utilization avenues,” he further said.
Aniruddha Sharma, the CEO, Carbon Clean, said, “We are currently capturing 5 tonnes of carbon dioxide per day, but following our successful demonstration, we plan to rapidly accelerate the number of carbon capture projects. Capturing carbon dioxide from blast furnace gas will not only decarbonize the steel plants but will also open avenues for the hydrogen economy.”
Tata Steel has undertaken a two-pronged approach of carbon direct avoidance (CDA) and carbon dioxide capture and will use it as part of its efforts to achieve its larger decarbonization goal.