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Jacobs to collaborate on major decarbonisation project

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Global Hydrogen Review,

Jacobs has been selected as Programme and Construction Management (PMCM) partner for thyssenkrupp Steel's US$2.5 billion effort to decarbonise its steel mill in Duisburg, Germany.

According to thyssenkrupp, the site is Europe's largest steel mill, and the effort represents one of the largest industrial decarbonisation projects worldwide.

The project will encompass a new process using green hydrogen for iron reduction, replacing traditional coal-powered blast furnaces with hydrogen-powered electric smelters. When the plant goes into operation at the end of 2026, the site will produce 2.5 million tpy of direct reduced iron (DRI) and reduce carbon emissions by up to 3.5 million tpy.

"Companies like thyssenkrupp and Jacobs are leading the way in global climate transformation with a focus on decarbonising the industrial sector," said Jacobs Executive Vice President, Patrick Hill. "This is a major project with a complex undertaking delivered through an integrated German and international team. The implementation of this emerging technology is an important step in transforming the industry and supply chain in Europe and beyond."

"The decision to commission Jacobs with the construction site organisation is an important step towards the successful implementation of our planned construction project," said thyssenkrupp Steel Technical Project Leader Direct Reduction, Christian Kuhn. "The overall coordination of trades and partners on site is of decisive importance in the construction of direct reduction plants, melters and auxiliary units in order to ensure a smooth process and efficient implementation. We are convinced of Jacobs' long-standing expertise and outstanding know-how in this area."

As PMCM partner, Jacobs' scope of work includes overall coordination and management of engineering services, assembly and logistics; construction management and supporting contract management; assembly management of the EPC contractor for the direct reduction plant; and interface management across the construction and assembly teams.

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