Tata Steel has commissioned the construction of the largest environmental installation in the history of the steel company in IJmuiden. According to Tata, the plant reduces the emissions of lead, heavy metals and dust from the so-called pellet plant by 80 percent. It is planned that construction will begin after the summer, and the installation will go into operation next year. From 2025, a second component will be added, which should also reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 80 percent.
The environmental installation will cost 200 million euros and take up a lot of space on Tata’s site: it will be about 180 meters long. The highest point protrudes 90 meters into the sky. Through a pipe as thick as a subway tunnel tube, about 6 meters in diameter, the flue gases from the factory go to the new plant. It consists of a system of more than six thousand special filter bags that clean the flue gases.
Tata Steel is committed to reducing harmful emissions. The steel industry is under great social pressure to achieve results. For example, a criminal investigation is underway into Tata’s emissions of hazardous substances. The Public Prosecutor’s office (OM) announced last month that it is investigating whether the company acted intentionally and contrary to the law by bringing dangerous substances ” into the soil, air or surface water.” ‘With the possible consequence of endangering public health.’
Tata is also under fire from the environmental movement. Mobilization for the Environment is trying to get the company’s nature permit revoked. The organization is pushing for a climate plan that shows how the steel company is going to reduce its high CO2 emissions.
The steel company also wants to produce steel itself in a much cleaner way in the long term. Polluting coal must eventually be replaced by clean hydrogen. The pellet plant, where raw materials are made for the production of liquid pig iron, also remains then necessary. ,”This measure is also an essential improvement in the longer term,” concludes Tata Steel.