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From traditional blast furnace to electric furnace: Tata Steel and the UK Government join hands to transform Tata Steel UK

18 September 20234 mins read by Angel One
The management anticipates cost reductions of approximately 150 Pound to 170 Pound per ton compared to the current facility.
From traditional blast furnace to electric furnace: Tata Steel and the UK Government join hands to transform Tata Steel UK
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Tata Steel, a prominent steel manufacturing company and Asia’s first integrated private steel company established in 1907 made a significant announcement on Friday.

According to the details provided in the company’s press release, Tata Steel and the UK Government have jointly agreed on a proposal for the largest investment in the UK steel industry in decades.

Yes, you read it right. Tata Steel and the UK government have unveiled a plan to invest 1.25 billion Pound in advanced Electric Arc Furnace steel production at the Port Talbot location. This investment includes up to 500 million Pound in financial support (grants) from the UK government.

The project would strengthen the UK’s steel supply and mark a significant move toward making the local steel industry more environmentally friendly and is expected to take about 36 months to complete, contingent upon obtaining all necessary regulatory approvals.

It is expected to reduce 50 million tons of direct emissions over the course of ten years. By extensively using recycled steel and enhancing its value within the UK, the project will also support sustainability and stimulate the local economy.

The company was investing significantly to reduce carbon emissions from its traditional plant. This particular plant alone contributes 1.5% of the carbon emissions in the entire UK. The commissioning of this project would help save a significant portion of the cash that was previously being spent to reduce carbon emissions.

The electric furnace’s adoption is expected to enhance operational efficiency, and the management anticipates cost reductions of approximately 150 Pound to 170 Pound per ton compared to the current facility.

Tata Steel UK has been facing multiple challenges as its assets approach the end of their operational lifespan. The proposed agreement reflects Tata Steel’s commitment to securing the ongoing continuity of steel manufacturing at the Port Talbot facility.

The planned project will secure the future of steel production in Port Talbot after the transition period and turn Tata Steel UK into a financially sustainable and profitable business that uses its resources efficiently. Moreover, during the transition and project phases, Tata Steel UK will work hard to make sure it can still supply products to its customers by getting steel from reliable sources if needed.

Furthermore, the proposed project would also involve Tata Steel’s Balance Sheet being restructured, potentially eliminating the current cash losses in the UK operations and non-cash impairment of legacy investments.

In addition to this investment plan, Tata Steel is also committing about 20 million Pounds over four years to create two new Centers of Innovation and technology in the UK. One will focus on advanced materials research at the Henry Royce Institute in Manchester, and the other will be at Imperial College London, focusing on Sustainable Design and manufacturing research.

The new facility will use scrap, which is easily accessible in the UK, making it more cost-effective. Moreover, when the facility is put into operation, it is projected to bring cost savings compared to the current facility.

Today, Tata Steel shares began trading at Rs 134.75 per share, which is a 2% increase from the previous closing price of Rs 132.05 per share on the BSE. As of writing this article, the shares are trading at Rs 132.80 each on the BSE. 

Investors must keep this stock on their radar.

Disclaimer: This blog has been written exclusively for educational purposes. The securities mentioned are only examples and not recommendations. It is based on several secondary sources on the internet and is subject to changes. Please consult an expert before making related decisions.

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