Innovative transformation of steel and fertilizer industry tot sustainable urea production

A consortium, led by the Dutch Research Institution TNO, has received an exceptional grant of € 21 million from the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 Framework Program, called the INITIATE Project (Innovative Industrial Transformation of the steel and chemical industries of Europe), to investigate and develop the potential of industrial symbiosis to convert residual steel gas emissions into resources for urea production.
Stamicarbon B.V., MET Development S.p.A and NextChem S.p.A. – all subsidiaries of Maire Tecnimont Group – participate in this consortium of steel, chemical and energy transition companies, research institutions, universities and industrial partners active in both the steel and fertilizer industry.

Position of the main partners 

The INITIATE project will demonstrate a novel symbiotic and circular process that transforms residual steel gases into resources for urea production. The core of this process is a modular carbon-capture utilization-and-storage (CCUS) technology, integrating the flexible conditioning of time dependent and carbon-rich steel gases with the synthesis of ammonia.