Millions of pounds of digital technology marks a quantum leap for Tata Steel’s blast furnaces in the UK

November 18, 2022

Advanced digital technology, which captures 1,000 data points every 10 seconds, provides Tata Steel technicians with an uninterrupted 3D view of the material placed on top of Port Talbot’s two blast furnaces saving costs, energy and CO2.

Market-leading ‘Topscan’ technology has the potential to save companies millions of pounds each year by reducing the amount of coke needed in the kiln, and will reduce CO2 emissions of at least 50,000 tons per year. This technology will also play a major role in increasing the stability and efficiency of the furnace.

Tata Steel UK’s ambition is to reduce all CO2 emissions by 30% in 2030 and become CO22 steelmakers neutral by 2045 – to support the UK’s ambition to be net-zero by 2050.

The company recently announced it is officially adopting Science-Based Targets in light of its emission reduction program and carbon neutral steelmaking aspirations. It has worked on a number of projects to reduce CO22 emissions that can now be passed on to customers in the form of a certificate enabling them to make Scope 3 emission savings.

Called Optemis Carbon Lite, the certificate-based insertion scheme – verified by external third-party assurance organization DNV – is a flexible offering that allows customers to choose a CO2 the reduction in intensity they need.

This state-of-the-art unit closely resembles the technology commissioned on last year’s Blast Furnace 4, which has provided invaluable insight and substantial cost and CO savings.2 subtraction.

Installation of Topscan into Blast Furnace 5 is expected to be completed by the end of November 2022.

About Tata Steel UK

  • Tata Steel Group is recognized as one of the most ethical companies in the world, and is one of the top producing global steel companies with an annual raw steel capacity of 34 million tonnes.
  • Tata Steel in the UK has ambitions to produce steel net-zero by 2045, and has already reduced 30% of its CO22 emissions by 2030.
  • Tata Steel is the UK’s largest steelmaker with principal steelworks at Port Talbot in South Wales supporting production and distribution operations throughout Wales, England and Northern Ireland as well as Norway, Sweden, France and Germany. It also benefits from a worldwide network of international sales offices.
  • Tata Steel employs more than 8,000 people and has an annual raw steel capacity of 5 million tonnes, supplying high quality steel products to demanding markets, including construction and infrastructure, automotive, packaging and engineering.
  • Tata Steel Group is one of the most geographically diversified steel producers in the world, with operations and commercial presence worldwide.
  • The Group recorded a consolidated turnover of US$32.83 Billion in the financial year ending 31 March 2022.

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