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BLAST FURNACE REBUILD FOR PORT TALBOT

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News that Corus is to rebuild its No 5 Blast Furnace at Port Talbot was today welcomed as a 'vote of confidence in ...
News that Corus is to rebuild its No 5 Blast Furnace at Port Talbot was today welcomed as a 'vote of confidence in the town and its workforce' by the secretary of state for Wales.

'Out of what was a terrible tragedy has emerged some good news for Port Talbot and its steelworkers,' said Paul Murphy. 'This is a vote of confidence in them and shows that Corus has a long -term commitment to a town which lives and breathes steel-making.

'I am particularly pleased that the new blast furnace will be designed to improve local air quality standards. Last year started and ended badly for Corus, firstly with the announcement of massive job losses at its Welsh plants and then with the tragic accident at Port Talbot.

'This announcement of Corus's commitment to Port Talbot and its workforce is a positive start to what I hope is a much better year for the Welsh steel industry '
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