Puertollano (Ciudad Real) (EFE).- The Hydnum Steel company has presented its project to invest 600 million euros in Puertollano in the construction of one of the first plants in Europe designed for the production of green steel, in which about 400 direct jobs.
This was announced by the company spokesperson, Eva Maneiro, at the presentation ceremony that took place this Tuesday in Puertollano, which was attended by the president of the autonomous community of Castilla-La Mancha, Emiliano García-Page.
The Hydnum Steel project, which will occupy an area of 1.3 million square meters in the first phase, will have the company Siemens as a technological partner “to guarantee its sustainability with solutions under the digital factory concept and the decentralized energy system” .
In addition, the company ABEI Energy will bring its international experience in renewable energy production and Russula Corporation, which has provided advanced engineering solutions to the world’s leading steel producers for decades, is also collaborating on the project.
They will request aid from PERTE for decarbonization
Other partners are expected to join the alliance of the three companies that make up Hydnum Steel, “both investors and technology with whom contacts are being made”, in addition to requesting aid from PERTE for decarbonization.
The presentation of this project in Puertollano is “the beginning of a close public-private collaboration in which we still have a long way to go. Our goal is to get the first roll of green steel out in the year 2026 and for this we will have to work very hard all the institutions and the City Council”, said the spokesperson for Hydnum Steel.
As Maneiro explained, it will be a plant for the production of green steel and one of the first in Europe designed from scratch to use non-fossil energy throughout the manufacturing process, for which it will progressively incorporate green hydrogen into the production process. with the aim of reducing CO2 emissions.
Puertollano, a benchmark for green hydrogen
The company representative has justified the location of Puertollano for the construction of the factory because it is “a strategic location, close to the nodes in the center, south and east of the Iberian Peninsula”.
It has also opted for this town for the development of hydrogen production projects already operational, “the suitability for the generation of renewable solar and wind energy and the availability of industrial land.”
In the company’s opinion, it is an ideal ecosystem for the implementation of this steel factory that will be able to take advantage of the synergies of said environment and at the same time become “a driving project at a local and regional level”.
For the president of the regional government, Emiliano García-Page, the green steel project presented in Puertollano is “transcendental, strategic and one of the most relevant operations of the legislature.”
“It will be a reality that comes like a glove to an industrial city like Puertollano, for which it will be a revolution to generate 400 qualified jobs and more than 1,000 indirect jobs in the first phase.”