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£20m centre to be built in aid of decarbonising metal and steel industries

£20m centre to be built in aid of decarbonising metal and steel industries

06 September 2023

Morgan Sindall Construction, in partnership with Neath Port Talbot Council and Swansea University have announced plans for a research and development facility to be built in Neath Port Talbot to help steel and metal industries decarbonise.

This net zero facility will be known as SWITCH – South Wales Industrial Transition from Carbon Hub – Harbourside, which will be located close to Tata Steel’s Port Talbot plant and is expected to take 18 months to complete.

SWITCH Harbourside will be a purpose-built open-access centre, bringing together expertise from across academia, industry, and government with the aim of accelerating the region’s transition to net zero.

This facility will support the council’s decarbonisation and renewable energy strategy by incorporating technology such as photovoltaic panels to provide a significant clean source of energy and eliminate any fossil fuels used on-site during the build. It will also support the steel and metals industry to decarbonise processes, develop a circular economy, and create advanced materials for a net zero society.