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Switching to LPG means even greener steel

Published 2017-10-06

By switching from fuel oil to liquefied petroleum gas, Ovako in Boxholm has reduced its emissions while making the operations more competitive.

It was mainly for environmental reasons that a decision was taken at Ovako to switch fuel from oil to liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) at the rolling mill in Boxholm. Ovako focuses on producing the cleanest and most sustainable steel in the world, so this switch is entirely in line with its long-term environmental goals. The new fuel reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 16 percent while entirely eliminating sulfur emissions and halving the release of dust.

“In order to minimize its environmental impact, Ovako constantly strives to make use of raw materials and energy as efficiently as possible. Our new LPG solution provides a safe, simple and cost-effective energy supply that also considerably reduces our environmental impact,” says Rickard Qvarfort, President of Ovako’s SmeBox business area.

Ovako’s steel production is based entirely on recycled scrap, which means that carbon dioxide emissions per metric ton of produced steel correspond to as little as a twentieth of the emissions from some competitors in the global steel market. Investments like the one in Boxholm make it possible to for Ovako to further advance its positions and provide its customers with steel products that have even less impact on the environment.  

 The fuel conversion from oil to LPG produced from natural gas has been developed by Ovako together with energy company E.ON, which also supplies the LPG in gaseous form to Ovako in Boxholm. E.ON also deals with the operation, maintenance and supervision of the plant that has been built at Ovako’s industrial area in Boxholm.