Tata gets planning permission for power plant at Port Talbot steel works

9 December 2015

Tata has secured planning permission on a power station at its Port Talbot steel works.

The power plant will be fuelled by gases generated as a by-product of the steel making process and will replace outdated equipment, helping to make the steel works less exposed to high energy costs.

According to the plans submitted to the Planning Inspectorate last year, the plant will double the site's power generation capacity from 115.7MWe to 225MWe.

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The high cost of energy has been blamed as a contributory factor in the crisis affecting the UK's steel industry, along with the high pound and cheap imports.

Tata said the power plant could make a significant contribution to securing the longer term future of Port Talbot.

Earlier this year Tata said it was reviving plans for a combined heat and power plant (CHP) at its Shotton site in North Wales.

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The announcement came before Tata revealed it was mothballing one of two galvanising lines at Shotton.