Dillinger France was granted €1.8mn ($2.1mn) subsidies by the French government to support €10mn modernization of its pusher furnace No 2, expected to cut emission by 2.7pc. The furnace is planned for recommissioning in July 2021.
The refurbishment of the heating furnaces in the rolling mill enables Dillinger to increase their slab steel heating capacity for rolling heavy plate. 60pc of the investment will be used to improve the furnace’s energy efficiency by limiting thermal losses and use of automation, saving 12GWh of natural gas annually.
On September 10, 2020, France’s Agency for the Environment and Control of Energy Consumption (ADEME) called for projects to be energy efficient and carbon-conscious. Dillinger France is pursuing targets set forth by the Paris climate agreement and has reduced energy consumption by 6pc and carbon emissions by 5pc over the past seven years.
The Dillinger France renovation investment was one of 16 applications accepted. According to its website, Dillinger devotes 70pc of steel production to exports. The Dillinger Group produced 2.2mn mt of crude steel in 2019. Heavy plate production was 1.8mn mt, of which 556,000mt or 30pc was produced at Dillinger France.
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