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Residents have their say on new power generator

Tata Steel say their looking to create a new power generator in Port Talbot Credit: PA

Tata steel will hold discussions today over a new power generator that their looking to build on the existing site at Port Talbot.

Over the coming weeks the company will be giving local people the chance have their say on the scheme.

Although a separate issue, today's discussions will also give residents the opportunity to raise their concerns over ongoing pollution issues in the area.


Tata Steel fined £25,000 after Llanelli worker injured

The Health & Safety Executive described the incident as "completely needless and entirely preventable" Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Tata Steel has been fined for safety failings after a worker suffered serious injuries to his hand at its bsite in Trostre, Llanelli.

The man needed parts of two fingers amputated after his hand became trapped in machinery.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) discovered there was insufficient protection on the machinery the worker was using.

Tata Steel UK Ltd was fined £25,000 and ordered to pay £8,320 in costs after pleading guilty to three separate breaches of Health and Safety legislation.

Steel factory told to clean-up over dust pollution

Residents complained of high levels of dust from the steel plant at Port Talbot. Credit: PA

Tata Steel in Port Talbot has been issued with an enforcement notice in response to dust which has been affecting the local community.

Following numerous complaints Natural Resources Wales launched an investigation to pinpoint the source of the dust problems.

An initial investigation identified a part of the plant where raw materials are kept and moved into storage as the main cause.

Officers found a dust suppressant used by the steelworks was not effective and the company has installed a water spray to reduce the dust. NRW say Tata also plan to install a new dust suppression system before the end of July.

NRW says it has taken enforcement action that requires the company to carry out a further review into the dust problems it caused in June and July. It's also asked Tata to find long term solutions to reduce dust from the site.

Mary Youell, from Natural Resources Wales, said, “Tata Steel is a very important part of this community, and by issuing this enforcement notice we are making sure that it operates to the highest standards to protect local people and the environment.”

Tata Steel to re-open site after £3.6million investment

The Zodiac plant is Tata Steel's world-class coil galvanising line at Llanwern Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

The First Minister will re-open Tata Steel's site at Llanwern this afternoon after the company invested £3.6million in its Zodiac plant.

The aim is to offer more flexibility to customers in the automotive sector as they try and expand the business and reach new markets.

Jon Ferriman, Director of the Port Talbot and Llanwern steelworks, said: "The investments we have completed recently, including the Zodiac upgrade, are all intended to improve the sustainability and competitiveness of the South Wales steel industry in extremely challenging times."

Meanwhile GDP figures are out later this morning and are likely to show a small rise, mostly due to improvements in the manufacturing and construction sectors.


Investigation after worker injured at Tata Steel in Port Talbot

An investigation is underway after a worker at the Tata Steel plant at Port Talbot was injured by a spillage of molten steel.

Two others workers were treated for shock after the accident on Tuesday night.

All three were taken to Morriston Hospital in Swansea.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has been informed.

Tata Steel said that an internal investigation is now underway.

Safety is our top priority and we will look to learn everything possible from an investigation. Our record has been ever improving to ever high levels and accidents like this are a set back.

– Robert Dangerfield, Tata Steel

The Health and Safety Executive said they planned to visit the site on Thursday.

£185m blast furnace restarted at Tata's Port Talbot steelworks

Welsh manufacturing is celebrating an important milestone tonight with news that Tata Steel has re-started its second blast furnace at the giant Port Talbot works

It's a major boost for Tata who are one of Wales' most important manufacturers.

It also marks the completion of a massive re-building project that's been seen as a vote of confidence in the future.

Hannah Thomas reports from Port Talbot

Welsh Secretary: furnace 'a sign of Tata's commitment to Wales'

The lighting of blast furnace four not only marks the completion of a sophisticated £185 million engineering effort, but also signals Tata's commitment to the future of steel-making in Wales.

There is no denying the challenges that steel companies like Tata are facing in difficult global markets.

During my recent meeting with the company's senior executives and union representatives in Port Talbot, we were able to discuss how Government and the organisation can work together to ensure Tata' s UK operations can remain competitive.

The restarting of the furnace will go some way towards that aim, and I look forward to making a return visit to Port Talbot to see it in full operational mode in the near future.

– David Jones MP, Secretary of State for Wales

Blast furnace restarts at Tata's Port Talbot steelworks

The project cost £185m Credit: Chris Ison/PA Archive

Steel giant Tata has announced that production has restarted at the second blast furnace at its Port Talbot site.

The project - which cost £185m - began after Blast Furnace No.4 was decommissioned in July 2012.

A Tata spokesperson said the work has made the furnace "more efficient", along with upgrading its capacity and environmental performance.

In November, Tata announced it would make 584 of its workers in Wales redundant, blaming high energy costs and a fall in global demand for steel.

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