ArcelorMittal honored for use of pyrolytic oil at Quebec plant

The company plans to reduce heavy fuel oil use at the Port-Cartier plant by 23 percent annually.

ArcelorMittal Mining Canada G.P. has won an EnviroLys Award in the ICI+ Green Project category for using pyrolytic oil at its Port-Cartier, Quebec, plant.

The EnviroLys Awards recognize private expertise in the green economy, entrepreneurship and innovation of companies in the environmental services industry. They are awarded by the Council of Environmental Technology Companies of Quebec (CETEQ).

“Replacing part of the heavy fuel oil we use in Port-Cartier with pyrolytic oil is the first step in our energy transition. We are continuing our efforts to go even further in decarbonizing our operations, and we are delighted to receive this recognition by the industry,” says Mapi Mobwano, president and CEO of ArcelorMittal Mining Canada, Longueuil, Québec. “By using a biofuel produced locally with wood residues, we are, above all, uniting the two great resources of the Côte-Nord: iron and the forest. We are working to put in place a whole regional energy ecosystem, and the results obtained so far confirm that this strategy shows great promise.”

To date, 3 million liters of pyrolytic oil have been consumed at the Port-Cartier pellet plant. The energy efficiency of the biofuel, which is manufactured by Montreal-based BioÉnergie AE Côte-Nord Canada, exceeds expectations. ArcelorMittal has therefore decided to accelerate the conversion of other areas that can accommodate pyrolytic oil.

The use of pyrolytic oil will reduce the use of heavy fuel oil by 23 percent at the pellet plant, which corresponds to an annual reduction of 57,600 tonnes of carbon dioxide (C02) equivalent, or the removal of 14,000 vehicles from Canada’s roads. Since the introduction of pyrolytic oil last July, reductions in CO2 equivalent have already amounted to 4,500 tonnes, which represents 1,000 cars taken off the road.

The ArcelorMittal Group has made a commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2030 and to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. The ArcelorMittal plant in Port-Cartier is the first pellet plant in the world to use pyrolytic oil on an ongoing basis. Posted by Bob Gaetjens