The refurbishment of a major lime-making kiln at Tata Steel’s Shapfell site in Cumbria, UK, will allow for the more efficient and sustainable supply of critical steelmaking material to the Port Talbot steelworks.
Tata Steel manufactures lime at its Cumbrian facility from UK-quarried limestone. Lime is used to improve the quality of steel as well as removing impurities during steelmaking.
The £4 million investment to reline Shapfell’s Kiln 4 took ten months to complete and allowed it to start producing again after being mothballed since 2016. Over a 12-year period, Kiln 4 will produce nearly 1.5 million tonnes of calcium-rich lime products.