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Tata Steel which runs Port Talbot steelworks say they will no longer use Russian coal

13 Mar 2022 1 minute Read
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Tata Steel UK, which runs Britain’s biggest steelworks at Port Talbot, has said that it will no longer use Russian coal.

Russia is second only to the US as a source of coal for the UK, with  684,000 tons imported to the UK over the first nine months of 2021. Tata Steel used to buy 10-15% of its coal requirements from Russia for use in pulverised coal injection.

Unlike the US Government, the UK Government has stopped short of an outright ban on importing Russian energy products.

But Tata Steel UK, part of a giant Indian conglomerate, said it would go ahead with the move anyway, with Australia and Canada lined up as replacements.

A Tata UK spokesman said that they would “ensure that customers will not be affected” by the move.

Tata Steel Managing Director T V Narendran said: “For our Europe operations, we have to buy more from North America and India buys coal mostly from Australia.”

He added that the cost of coal would rise if the conflict continues.


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Dai Rob
Dai Rob
2 months ago

Is this making it easier to pull the plug on the Works?

hdavies15
hdavies15
2 months ago
Reply to  Dai Rob

Watch this space ! Devious global corporates will indulge in a whole raft of “re structures” if presented with a plausible cover story. UK Gov and others just see Net Zero and couldn’t give a toss about maintaining, indeed strengthening, home based manufacturing and other core industries like agri/food. As long as their City thrives the rest of us can go fly a kite. Some of it is financial corruption but the vast majority is a corruption of values.

Carol James
Carol James
2 months ago
Reply to  Dai Rob

Lee Waters and the Net Zero fanatics will be popping the champagne corks if it is.

Dean Thomas
Dean Thomas
2 months ago
Reply to  Carol James

You are so right Carol. Welsh Government, and the massively influential Green Lobby, would be secretly delighted to see the back of Port Talbot works.

Brian Clement
Brian Clement
2 months ago

If only Wales had coal

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