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Steel giant Salzgitter signs hydrogen deal with Uniper

RICHARD HEAP

April 24, 2024

German steel producer Salzgitter has agreed to buy green hydrogen from a plant that Uniper is due to commission in German town Wilhelmshaven in 2028.

The pre-contract covers the technical and commercial framework conditions for the supply of 20,000 tonnes of green hydrogen annually from 2028, and is intended to help Uniper to make progress on the project. The project requires major investment in a pipeline connection between Wilhelmshaven and Salzgitter, which is set to measure around 280km.

The companies said this pipeline project was essential and required an “accelerated timetable” so it could happen as quickly as possible.

Gunnar Groebler, chief executive of Salzgitter, said: “This agreement with Uniper is… another important step on our path to green steel. The energy infrastructure and the associated power grids now urgently need to be expanded.”

Holger Kreetz, chief operating officer at Uniper, said: “At Uniper, we pursue the clear goal of supporting companies in the decarbonisation of their production processes. Green hydrogen plays a crucial role in this – especially in energy-intensive industries such as the steel industry.”

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