Project Ghent, Belgium


1800 piles for a greener planet

Sector: Industry

ArcelorMittal has begun construction of a pioneering new installation which will convert carbon-containing gas from its blast furnaces into bioethanol. Franki Foundations is proud to be part of this green project supported by the European Commission.

Technical specifications

Atlas screw displacement piles

  • 1800 no.
  • Ø 310/510 mm & 360/560 mm
  • 6 to 7 m long

Using pile rig Woltman 55 DR

Gas-fermentation plant

With this pioneering new plant, ArcelorMittal and its partners LanzaTech, the carbon recycling company, and Primetals Technologies, a leading technology and service provider to the iron and steel industry, will construct Europe’s first-ever commercial scale production facility to create bioethanol from waste gases produced during the steelmaking process. The project has been named "Steelanol", referring to "Steel + Ethanol".

European Union has confirmed its support to the breakthrough pilot project, and a subsidy of more than 10 M€ has been granted to the construction of the new production facility and the start-up phase. If proved successful, the new concept has the potential to revolutionise blast furnace carbon emissions capture and support the decarbonisation of the transport sector.

First pile

It's on Wednesday January 9th that our team has driven the first of the 1800 piles that will support the new plant. The foundations piles should all be installed by mid 2019.

More info on Steelanol website (

Project details

Project name



Gaz, industrial chemistry and petrochemistry


Atlas screw pile

Contract type



Ghent, Belgium


ArcelorMittal, C-Shift

Building Period

2019 - 2019

Total value

€ 900 000

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