Port Talbot Steelworks

Port Talbot Steelworks

Port Talbot Steelworks

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Port Talbot Steelworks is an integrated steel production plant in Port Talbot, Wales capable of producing nearly 5 million tonnes of steel slab per annum. The majority of the slab is rolled on-site at Port Talbot and at the Newport Llanwern site to make a variety of steel strip products. The remainder is processed at other Tata Steel plants or sold in slab form. The works covers a large area of land which dominates the south of the town with the blast furnaces and steel production plant buildings being major landmarks visible from both the M4 motorway and the South Wales Main Line when passing through the town. Enough steel is produced at the site to produce 400 standard food cans per second.

There has been a steelworks at Port Talbot since 1901; the original works was built by Gilbertson and situated south of Port Talbot railway station. The administrative offices for the original steelworks site now house Port Talbot magistrates' court.

Today's steelworks at Margam, originally and colloquially known as the "Abbey Works", but correctly termed today as "Tata Steel Strip Products UK Port Talbot Works" was opened in 1951. Several steel manufacturers in South Wales pooled their resources to form The Steel Company of Wales and construct a modern integrated steelworks on a site then owned by Guest, Keen and Baldwins. However, political manoeuvring led to tinplate production being retained in its original heartland further west, at two...
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