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Demand for Steel Soaring from Renewable Energy Farms: BHP

Mining giant expects global steel consumption to increase by 42 million tonnes in 2030 and 76m tonnes in 2050, due to soaring demand for solar and wind power equipment.


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BHP says demand for steel is increasing because of the massive growth in wind and solar energy facilities. File photo: Reuters.

 

BHP Group says the global demand for steel is increasing because of the worldwide transition to clean energy.

The mining giant has lifted its long-term demand forecast for steel as a global shift towards the decarbonisation of power generation will boost requirement of the commodity, the world’s largest listed miner said on Monday.

The Melbourne, Australia-based miner forecasts surging demand for wind and solar farm equipment to boost steel demand by 2% in 2030 and by 4% in 2050.

The miner expects global steel output to increase by 42 million tonnes and 76 million tonnes in 2030 and 2050, respectively, with a sizeable chunk due to demand solar and wind power equipment.

The world’s steel production stood at 1.95 billion tonnes in 2021, according to the World Steel Association.

BHP Group is one of the biggest iron ore producers in the world. Iron ore, the most important ingredient in making steel, brought in nearly half of the miner’s fiscal 2022 revenue.

A global push towards the decarbonisation of power generation comes as the world grapples with an energy crisis even as the improved cost efficiency and competitiveness of renewable energy has attracted massive investment as well as favourable policies globally.

Clean energy investment is expected to exceed $1.4 trillion in 2022, accounting for almost three-quarters of the growth in overall energy investment, the International Energy Agency said in its World Energy Investment 2022 report released in June.

 

  • Reuters with additional editing by Jim Pollard

 

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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years and has a family in Bangkok.

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