Tata Steel Virtual Tour
8 January 2021
On 10th December 2020 the METaL Team attended a virtual 360 visit of the Tata Steel plant in Port Talbot. This was a fantastic opportunity to see inside the steel works, and was guided by Head of Technical Mark Bowen.
Tata Steel is one of the world’s most geographically diversified steel producers, with operations in 26 countries and commercial offices in over 35 countries. In Europe they are one of the largest steel producers.
The tour started at the mile deep man-made harbour which is used to bring materials in and out of the site. Materials, such as iron ore, are transported using bucket reclaimers which go into the ships hold to collect materials and drop them onto conveyers.
Following the harbour the tour moved onto the coke ovens and sinter plant. The sinter plant is a particularly crucial area for production.
Attendees got a chance to see inside the two huge blast furnaces, which are visible from the M4, as well as the cast house.
The true scale of the plant was shown when the tour moved onto the on-site railway, where trains are used to transport molten iron.
The section on slab proved to be popular, and provoked many questions from the audience. Thanks to the live nature of the event, tour guide Mark was able to answer the questions as and when they arose.
Finally the audience were talked through the hot mill, finishing and the coil pulpit.
This was a fascinating interactive event, and gave attendees real insight into the machinery and processes used at Port Talbot. Thanks to the 360 technology, attendees had the ability to ‘look around’ the site, making it a truly immersive experience.
METaL have worked closely with Tata Steel in the past and provided them with training courses, it was really valuable for members of the METaL team to see ‘up close’ what goes on in a steel plant.