Electricity connection agreed for Port Talbot’s green steelmaking transformation

20 May 2024

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 steelmaking 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 steelmaking 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.”

Rajesh added: “Having access to higher-power electricity is a foundation stone for greener steelmaking, 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.”