Electricity connection agreed for Tata Steel’s Port Talbot site

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Tata Steel has achieved a major milestone in its transformation of the Port Talbot (Wales) steelworks after signing a connection offer with the Electricity System Operator (ESO). The agreement involves National Grid building new electrical infrastructure capable of powering the 3.2 million-tonne electric arc furnace by the end of 2027.

Tata Steel UK’s CEO, Rajesh Nair, said: “I’m delighted we’ve signed this connection agreement with the ESO. This is a critical milestone in transforming our steel making operations in Port Talbot. This will help us replace our ageing and carbon-intensive blast furnaces with a state-of-the-art electric arc furnace capable of producing our customers’ most demanding steel products.”

Industry minister, Alan Mak, said: “This is another positive step towards securing the future of steel making in South Wales and the UK, and I’m pleased to see Tata Steel reach this milestone.

“Our support for the steel industry is unwavering, and our historic investment alongside our grid capabilities means we can look ahead to cleaner, greener steel production in years to come.

“Accelerating grid connection timescales is a top priority for government and we are working closely with Ofgem and the network companies to transform the electricity network at a scale and pace not seen for decades.”

Nair added: “Having access to higher-power electricity is a foundation stone for greener steel making, regardless of the technology choice. That’s why we’ve been working closely with the ESO and National Grid for a number of years on how to strengthen our power infrastructure.

“This agreement means we will have sufficient power for our new electric arc furnace and the capability in the longer-term to further strengthen our business.”

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