27 March 2024
Corporate News

Transition Board latest update

Morfa Coke Ovens

The Tata Steel / Port Talbot Transition Board met for the fourth time today. The Board received an update from Tata Steel UK on their decarbonisation project, including the recent closure of the coke ovens at Port Talbot and their voluntary redundancy proposal.

The Board also discussed the structure and resource to support the Transition Board, with working groups being created to focus on outplacement and skills, supply chain, community relations and welling, and communications.

The process to access the £100 million funding for the Transition Board interventions was also addressed. 

The statutory consultation on the decarbonisation project continues, so the Board will meet again towards the end of April for a more substantive discussion. This will also include the presentation of a proposed Local Economic Action Plan. 

David TC Davies MP, Secretary of State for Wales chaired the Transition Board meeting.

Vaughan Gething MS, First Minister of Wales attended and handed over the deputy chair role to Jeremy Miles MS, Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Energy and Welsh Language.

Felicity Buchan MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities attended in the place of the other deputy chair, Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Levelling Up.

Also in attendance was Alun Mak MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State jointly in the Department for Business and Trade and the Cabinet Office. 

Other Board members at the meeting included Henrik Adam, Chair of Tata Steel UK; Rajesh Nair, Chief Executive Officer of Tata Steel UK; Cllr Steve Hunt, Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council; and David Rees, MS for Aberavon.

Andrew Thomas, Director of Education, Leisure and Lifelong Learning attended in place of Karen Jones, CEO of Neath Port Talbot Council. 

Susanne Renkes, Councillor for Neath Port Talbot Council stood in Stephen Kinnock, MP for Aberavon.

The Board was attended by its  Independent members, Katherine Bennett CBE, Anne Jessopp CBE and Sarah Williams-Gardner.

Representatives from the trade unions also attended.

Morfa Coke Ovens


The board:

David TC Davies, Secretary of State for Wales

Deputy Chairs:
Vaughan Gething, Minister for the Economy of Wales, and Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Levelling Up

UK Government:
Nusrat Ghani, Minister of State at the Department for Business and Trade;

Tata Steel:
Henrik Adam, Chair of Tata Steel UK; Rajesh Nair, Chief Executive Officer of Tata Steel UK

Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council: 
Karen Jones, CEO
Cllr Steve Hunt, Leader

Member of Parliament:
Stephen Kinnock, MP for Aberavon

Member of the Senedd:
David Rees, MS for Aberavon.

Independent business members: 
Anne Jessopp CBE, Royal Mint; Sarah Williams-Gardener, FinTech Wales; and
Katherine Bennett CBE.

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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