Tata Steel plant sets record for production – and cuts dust
PORT Talbot’s Tata Steel site is celebrating its best ever production record – and a reduction in dust emissions from the site.
Yesterday, the steel giant announced that it saw no air quality breach days from its site in Margam in August.
And it also revealed that production records for the Strip Products business had proven to be the best ever performance for a single month.
Outgoing Hub Director, Jon Ferriman said: “We saw no air quality breach days in August.
“We’re still on-track not to exceed the limit on breach days.
“In July, I created a taskforce to tackle the problem.
“They have focused on both production process improvements and also sources of dust on the site.
“The value of their work has been born out both in the reduction in incidents, but also a halving in the number of complaints to the company from local residents.”
He confirmed that there was more work to be done in the area, but said the success of what had been done so far should be acknowledged.
Talking about the record performance, he said: “We have the best performing blast furnaces in Europe.
“In August they returned the best ever average weekly outputs at 84,500 tonnes of iron per week, totalling over 420,000 tonnes in the month.
“The previous record of 82,800 tonnes was set in 2007.”
The newly rebuilt Blast Furnace No.4 set its best-ever production record at 41,800 tonnes.
Mr Ferriman added: “Critically, the steel-plant and the casters also broke production records.
“This means that we have re-established the efficient production process which has been our goal since the Blast Furnace No.4 rebuild, last year.”
Success at Port Talbot has also created demand at Llanwern, with the Newport site team also breaking production records.
“The increase in productivity is, of course, very welcome,” added Mr Ferriman.
“However, following extremely challenging times the business has much catching-up to do.
“We’re operating in highly competitive markets.
“As I hand over the Directorship of the Hub to Mr Hridayeshwar Jha, I’d like to pay credit to the management team and the workforce at Port Talbot.
“In tough times we dug our heels in and focused on carrying out major engineering projects and improvements to improve our competitiveness.
“Today I would say we are approaching fitness for the future.”
Alan Coombs, Chairman of the Multi Unions at Port Talbot steelworks, said: “These production records pay credit to the capability of the workforce.
“We have gone the extra mile in so many ways – now the hard work is really beginning to bear fruit.
“The whole community in Port Talbot will benefit.”