January 18, 2023
Antti Kaikkonen appointed as Managing Director of Blastr Green Steel in Finland
Antti Kaikkonen (MSc in Finance and Electrical Engineering) has been appointed as Managing Director of Blastr Green Steel Oy (Blastr) as of 1 March 2023. In this role, Antti will be responsible for, among others, building the local team and leading it in developing a green steel plant and an integrated hydrogen production facility in Inkoo, Finland.
- I am excited to join the Blastr team on its journey to decarbonize the steel industry. In addition to contributing to accelerating the energy transition, the project will bring new jobs, positive benefits and well-being to the whole of Southwestern Finland. I look forward to developing the project in close dialogue with the local people, partners and stakeholders, said Antti Kaikkonen, incoming Managing Director of Blastr Green Steel Oy.
Before joining Blastr, Antti worked for the leading Nordic energy company Fortum for nearly 19 years where he led large development projects for power-intensive industries in Finland with a strong focus on sustainability.
- I´m very pleased to have Antti on our team. He brings us valuable experience in the Finnish energy industry and in decarbonizing their processes. With Antti on board, we will be able to further strengthen the good collaboration with our key partners, such as Fortum, said Hans Fredrik Wittusen, the CEO of Blastr Green Steel.
For more information, please contact:
General media inquiries regarding the Blastr Green Steel Project:
Minna Sundelin, Communications Advisor to Blastr
Fama Consulting Oy Ltd, +358 40 582 2750, firstname.lastname@example.org
Antti Kaikkonen, Managing Director, Blastr Green Steel Oy (1 March onwards), email@example.com, +358 50 453 6308
January 16, 2023
Viktor Forss and Mikael Lindvall to join Blastr Green Steel
We are pleased to announce the strengthening of the Management Team with appointment of Viktor Forss and Mikael Lindvall.
Viktor Forss will join us as EVP Nordics on the 10th of April. He will focus on the development of our organization and our project portfolio with its needed infrastructure in the Nordics. Viktor brings Blastr his extensive experience in building businesses within the Renewable Energy sector across the Nordics. He currently works as Vice President Nordics at VEO.
Mikael Lindvall will start as Chief Technology Officer on the 6th of February. Mikael, with his expertise in iron- and steel making, will be in a central role in managing the technology aspects in the development of our green steel production plant in Finland and pelletizing plant in Norway.
Mikael has more than 15 years of working experience from the metal industry and is currently working as technology specialist and project manager at AFRY, in the global competence line for mining and metal industry.
Mikael´s experience is highly valuable and relevant for Blastr due to his involvement in the development of other projects aiming for low-carbon emission steel production.
Four-billion-euro investment planned into a green steel plant in Inkoo, Finland
January 3, 2023
Norwegian company Blastr Green Steel (Blastr) is planning to establish a green steel plant with an integrated hydrogen production facility in Inkoo, Finland. Blastr has entered into a Letter of Intent with Nordic energy company Fortum that provides Blastr exclusive rights to utilize an existing industrial site located in Inkoo. The four-billion-euro investment is expected to create up to 1,200 direct jobs in the operations phase. The production is planned to start by end of 2026.
Green steel is a key enabler for the green transition, as it will be a critical raw material for developing renewable energy infrastructure, such as wind turbines, as well as in segments such as construction, the automotive industry, and consumer goods. In Europe alone, the demand for decarbonized steel is expected to reach 50 million tons by 2030, nearly one-third of the current European steel demand.
Blastr´s project will be among the largest industrial investments in Finland
The green steel plant together with the integrated hydrogen facility will be among the largest industrial investments planned in Finland to date.
Blastr aims to cut the CO₂ emissions of its end products by 95 percent
The steel industry produces about eight percent of the world's CO₂ emissions due to the high amount of fossil fuels used to manufacture steel through conventional methods. Currently, one ton of steel produced creates about 1.9 tonnes of CO₂. Blastr will replace coke and coal with hydrogen in the chemical reduction phase, as well as reduce the CO₂ footprint along the entire value chain, with the aim of achieving 95 percent lower CO₂ emissions, compared to the conventional manufacturing process.
The steel plant is planned to produce two and a half million tons of high-quality hot and cold-rolled green steel annually.
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Blastr Green Steel
is dedicated to decarbonizing the steel value chain through developing local, sustainable and scalable value chains for steel production. By utilizing local raw materials and fossil-free energy and applying circular economy thinking throughout the value chain, Blastr aims to cut the CO2 emissions of its end products by 95% compared to conventional methods. The company will establish a pelletizing plant in Norway and a green steel plant with an integrated hydrogen production facility in Finland and is expected to become one of the largest industry start-ups in the Nordic region. Blastr was founded in 2021 and is part of Vanir Green Industries.
Vanir Green Industries (VGI)
is a Nordic business builder and investment company that builds and scales leading, sustainable, robust, and profitable companies that will help accelerate the energy transition. VGI was founded by Tore Ivar Slettemoen, who also founded NYSE listed Freyr Batteries. In addition to Blastr, the VGI portfolio consists of Removr developing solutions for capturing and storing CO₂; Freija developing technology for producing green methane and Njordr focusing on onshore and offshore wind power projects. Njordr´s subsidiary Nordi develops renewable energy projects in Finland.
The municipality of Inkoo
is located in Uusimaa, 55 km west of Helsinki, along good transport links. The bilingual municipality has approximately 5,400 inhabitants. The level of education and employment of the population of Inkoo is good. According to Finnish entrepreneurs, the municipality is very entrepreneur-friendly. Due to its location and beautiful nature, Inkoo is also a very popular leisure municipality, where a significant number of leisure apartments are located.
Challenging the status-quo through developing local, decarbonized and scalable value chains for steel production.
Blastr Green Steel was established in 2021 with the aim of becoming an integrated green steel producer leveraging Nordic advantages. By utilising local raw materials and fossil free energy and applying a circular economy thinking throughout the value chain, we aim to cut the CO2 emissions of our end products by 95%.
Blastr Green Steel and Cargill Metals sign MOU for supply of green steel and to advance decarbonization of the ferrous supply chain.
OSLO, NORWAY, Oct 17, 2022
Cargill’s metals business and Blastr Green Steel AS (“Blastr”), a developer of decarbonized steel supply, have agreed to work together to supply steel made without use of fossil fuels in the Nordic region to meet growing global demand for green steel. Both companies share an ambition to drive significant reductions of carbon emissions in the steel industry.
Under the Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”), Blaster and Cargill Metals plan to combine the skills of both companies to accelerate the development of projects that enable significant carbon savings to the global steel industry. Cargill Metals brings expertise in raw materials sourcing, and Cargill’s global capabilities in ocean transportation and logistics, as well as development of green products for market, risk management and financing facilities. Blastr contributes its industrial decarbonization expertise, entrepreneurial business skills, track record and access to capital within green energy and CO2 abatement. Blastr also brings regional knowledge of sites, opportunities and local support.
Cargill’s ambition is to develop world leading projects in the green steel supply chain through the expedient development of initial production and then incrementally expand capacity based on market demand. Separately, independent market analysis suggests a market shortfall in supply, with global demand for low carbon steel likely to increase from below 5mt in 2021 to 200mt in 2030, with European demand increasing to nearly 40mt by that date, driven by automotive and construction sectors.
“Solving the decarbonization challenge of the steel industry requires new and innovative partnerships,” said Lee Kirk, Managing Director, Cargill Metals, “We are thrilled to partner with Blastr and collaborate on bringing meaningful carbon reduction to this vital to abate sector. It brings us one step closer to our goal of shaping a responsible and sustainable ferrous supply chain that helps the world thrive.”
"Ensuring the long-term supply of raw materials at required quantity and quality is crucial for providing green steel to the market with an absolute minimum of CO2 emissions through the entire value chain,” said Dag Moxnes, CEO at Blastr. “Cargill offers a unique combination of access to regional raw materials, expertise, network and logistics solutions, which brings us a long step closer to realizing our joint Nordic green steel project."
The next phase of the cooperation will focus on final technology selection, access to green power, location and the final mix of products. Teams from Blastr and Cargill Metals will collaborate on sustainable supply chains, speed to market, technology risks and constraints, and on raising capital to finance the project development.
For further information, contact:
Dag Moxnes, CEO, Bastr Green Steel
Phone: +47 905 28 622
Bridget Christenson, Cargill
Phone: +1 952 742 0052
Blastr aims to decarbonize the steel industry, by creating an integrated green steel producer leveraging Nordic advantages. By utilising local raw materials and fossil free energy and applying a circular economy thinking throughout the value chain, we aim to cut the CO2 emissions of our end products by 95%. We will establish production facilities in the Nordic Region, with its ambitious political energy transition agenda, deep ice-free ports giving access to the attractive European markets, and highly qualified workforce. The Blastr green steel project is expected to be one of the largest industry start-ups in the Nordic region.
Blastr is founded and backed by Vanir Green Industries (“VGI”), a Nordic investment company that invests in, develops and scales green, robust and profitable businesses needed to accelerate the energy transition. VGI is established by Tore Ivar Slettemoen, one of the founders of Freyr Batteries (NYSE: FREY), and managed by a team of experienced professionals with deep industrial competence and a genuine drive to build a more sustainable future. Our focus areas are onshore and offshore wind development, carbon capture, usage and storage, energy storage and deep decarbonisation of existing industries.
For more information, visit blastr.no
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