Montreal – ArcelorMittal Mining Canada GP announced that it has won an EnviroLys Award in the ICI+ Green Project category for the use of pyrolytic oil at its Port-Cartier plant. The EnviroLys Awards recognize the private expertise of the green economy, the entrepreneurship and the innovation of the builders of 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,” said Mapi Mobwano, President and CEO of ArcelorMittal Mining Canada. “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 to date confirm that this strategy is promising. »
To date, three million litres of pyrolytic oil have been consumed at the Port-Cartier pellet plant. The energy efficiency of the biofuel manufactured by BioÉnergie AE Côte-Nord Canada exceeds expectations and ArcelorMittal has therefore decided to accelerate the conversion work of the other areas that can accommodate pyrolytic oil.
Eventually, the consumption of pyrolytic oil will reduce the use of heavy fuel oil by 23% at the pellet plant, which corresponds to an annual reduction of 57,600 tonnes of CO 2 equivalent, or the removal of roads of 14,000 vehicles. Since the start of use last July, the reductions in CO 2 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 a continuous basis.
Photo shows: From left to right: Sonia Gagné, President and CEO of RECYC-QUÉBEC, Mapi Mobwano, President and CEO of ArcelorMittal Mining Canada and Maryse Vermette, President and CEO of Éco Entreprises Québec.