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Tata Steel to get 500 million pounds from UK govt to decarbonize Port Talbot project

Tata Steel to get 500 million pounds from UK govt to decarbonize Port Talbot project

| @indiablooms | 15 Sep 2023, 09:01 pm

London: Tata Steel, on Friday, announced that after extensive negotiations aimed at preserving Tata Steel's Port Talbot venture in Wales, the UK government has consented to provide a grant of 500 million pounds to assist in decarbonization, media reports said.

In a joint statement, Tata Steel and the UK government disclosed their agreement to invest 1.25 billion pounds in advanced Electric Arc Furnace steelmaking at the Port Talbot location.

This capital infusion covers the 500 million pounds grant from the government. At first, Tata Steel had requested larger financial support from the government in the initial stages of negotiations for the project.

On the deal, Tata Group Chairman N Chandrasekaran said, “The agreement with the UK Government is a defining moment for the future of the steel industry and indeed the industrial value chain in the UK…The proposed investment will preserve significant employment and presents a great opportunity for the development of a green technology-based industrial ecosystem in South Wales.”

At present, the Port Talbot facility employs approximately 4,000 individuals, constituting half of Tata Steel's UK workforce.

Despite potential financial assistance from the government, the company had previously indicated that it might need to reduce up to 3,000 positions at the site.

According to a report from The Guardian on September 13, union leaders expressed disappointment at not being included in discussions between the UK government and Tata Steel, which could result in significant job cuts at two of the four remaining blast furnaces in Britain.

The Port Talbot Steelworks operates two blast furnaces continuously to produce steel for various industries.

This facility is one of the largest sources of pollution in the country.

Tata Steel highlighted that the decarbonization initiative would enhance the UK's steel security and mark a major development towards reducing carbon emissions in the local steel industry. It is expected to lead to a reduction of 50 million tonnes in direct emissions over the course of a decade.

Tata Steel has underscored that the planned project will include a restructuring of Tata Steel's financial position, which may include addressing current cash losses in the UK operations and potentially addressing non-cash impairments of previous investments.

Throughout this transitional period and the project's implementation phase, Tata Steel UK will place a major focus on maintaining a consistent and dependable product supply to meet customer and market obligations.

This may involve importing additional steel substrate from reliable supply chains to support its downstream units.

Tata Steel has outlined that the planned project will encompass a restructuring of Tata Steel's financial position, which may include addressing current cash losses in the UK operations and potentially addressing non-cash impairments of previous investments.

Throughout this transitional period and the project's implementation phase, Tata Steel UK will place significant focus on maintaining a consistent and dependable product supply to meet customer and market obligations.

This may involve importing additional steel substrate from reliable supply chains to support its downstream units.

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