A new investment at the Port Talbot steelworks is set to improve the competitiveness of the site, generate over 1MW of energy, and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 6,000 tonnes per year.
It represents another vital contribution towards the sustainability of the site – and the steel industry in Wales.
The CAPL (Continuous Annealing Process Line) waste heat recovery project will generate steam and make use of a turbine being installed as part of Port Talbot’s £53 million BOS (Basic Oxygen Steelmaking) Plant Evaporative Cooling Scheme, announced in March this year. The CAPL project will be carried out between July and December 2012 to coincide with the BOS Plant project, as well as with the £185 million project to rebuild Port Talbot’s Blast Furnace No 4, announced in August last year.
Port Talbot Hub Director Jon Ferriman said: “Times are very tough in the steel industry at the moment. However, we are committed to our capital expenditure programme to further improve the competitiveness of Welsh steelmaking. By increasing our power generating capacity we are improving our energy efficiency and there is also a significant indirect impact on carbon dioxide emissions.”
The CAPL line at Port Talbot was built in 1999. The process of annealing improves the formability of steel products, increasing their value and market reach.
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