Gazprom Neft signs hydrogen deal with Russian steelmaker
Russian oil company Gazprom Neft has signed deals with Russian steelmaker Severstal on developing hydrogen energy to reduce emissions.
The pair have signed a memorandum of understanding and a co-operation agreement on producing, transporting and storing hydrogen in order to reduce CO2 emissions from metallurgy, Gazprom Neft said on June 3. They will also look at opportunities and technologies for capturing and using CO2, and consider switching processes that run on hydrogen fuel to use a methane-hydrogen mixture instead.
Steelmaking is among the sectors considered the most difficult to decarbonise, although hydrogen has been pitched as a solution for abating its emissions. The cheapest option for producing clean hydrogen is from hydrocarbons, while capturing and storing the resulting CO2 emissions.