Under a memorandum of understanding with pipeline system operator Ferngas, Stahlwerk aims to connect its Unterwellenborn plant in Thuringia to the hydrogen network from 2027.
The Stahlwerk steel mill is decarbonizing its operations and the plant already uses 100% renewable energy for green steel production.
The decision to purchase green hydrogen via the grid infrastructure in the future is an important step towards largely decarbonized steel production, the company said.
"We want to take the next step towards the sustainable development of the steel industry and underline our pioneering role in the implementation of more environmentally friendly technologies. The connection to the hydrogen network will maintain our competitiveness and strengthen the Thüringen steelworks as a center for low-emission steel production."
The companies will need to obtain the relevant permits proving the operability of hydrogen in the plant and obtain approval from the local legislature to operate hydrogen lines.