18 March 2024
Corporate News

Tata Steel to close Coke Ovens

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Tata Steel UK has today announced that it is to cease operations at its Port Talbot based Morfa Coke Ovens from Wednesday 20 March. 

CEO Rajesh Nair said: “We regret to announce that we have been forced to make the decision to cease operations at Morfa Coke Ovens from Wednesday 20 March as a result of significantly deteriorating operational stability.

“In our recent discussions with our trades union colleagues, the need to cease operations at the Morfa Coke Ovens and one of the two blast furnaces this summer is understood.

“The performance of the coke ovens has been deteriorating over many months, despite some herculean efforts by the teams there. The condition of the ovens has now worsened to a level making continued operation untenable.

“We will now begin the process of safely closing and purging the coke ovens, and ceasing operations at the adjoining By-Products plant.

“We will work hard over the coming weeks to understand the aspirations of the current coke ovens workforce in alignment with our ongoing wider consultation programme.

“I’d like to give my sincere thanks and appreciation to all those who have worked at the Morfa Coke Ovens since its commissioning in 1981 – I have always been struck by the spirit and camaraderie of the workforce there who have always given everything to the plant, often in very difficult circumstances. Your efforts have been critical to the survival of the Port Talbot works, and you should always feel very proud for having been part of that team.

“We have been clear in our current restructuring proposals that many of our heavy-end assets in Port Talbot are at their end-of-life capability. As part of our efforts to stem our current losses, and given the condition of the assets, we propose to close the heavy end iron and steelmaking assets at Port Talbot within this calendar year in a phased manner. Tata Steel is investing £1.25 billion investment in electric arc furnace-based capacity which will secure steel making in Port Talbot for the long term —and facilitate a transition to low-CO2 steelmaking. Consultation on these aspects is currently ongoing."

For further information, please contact:

Tim Rutter, Head of PR, Tata Steel UK on tim.rutter@tatasteeleurope.com or +44 (0)7850 990755 
Abi Thomas, PR & Social Media Specialist: abigail.thomas@tatasteeleurope.com 
Press Office: ukpressoffice@tatasteeleurope.com

Further images of Morfa Coke Ovens can be found here.

An aerial shot of Morfa Coke Ovens, Port Talbot steelworks. Swansea Bay can be seen in background.
 
About Tata Steel UK
  • The Tata Steel Group has been named one of the most ethical companies in the world, and is among the top producing global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 34 million tonnes. 
  • Tata Steel in the UK has the ambition to produce net-zero steel by 2045 at the latest, and to have reduced 30% of its CO2 emissions by 2030. 
  • Tata Steel is the largest steelmaker in the UK with primary steelmaking at Port Talbot in South Wales supporting manufacturing and distribution operations at sites across Wales, England and Northern Ireland as well as Norway, Sweden, France and Germany. It also benefits from a network of international sales offices around the world.
  • Tata Steel employs more than 8,000 people and has an annual crude steel capacity of 5 million tonnes, supplying high-quality steel products to demanding markets, including construction and infrastructure, automotive, packaging and engineering. 
  • Tata Steel Group is one of the world's most geographically-diversified steel producers, with operations and a commercial presence across the world. 

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