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Welsh Secretary comments on ‘important milestone’ for Tata Steel

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Secretary of State for Wales Cheryl Gillan said: “Today marks an important milestone in the work to assemble Blast Furnace No.4 at Tata Steel…

Secretary of State for Wales Cheryl Gillan said: “Today marks an important milestone in the work to assemble Blast Furnace No.4 at Tata Steel. The next four months will see a period of intensive engineering activity as modules weighing over 500 tonnes will be lifted into place over the skies of its Port Talbot site.”

“Tata is clearly operating in an extremely challenging market - both domestically and internationally - but I am re-assured that Tata is fully committed to its investment in the UK. The company is one of our biggest employers in Wales and I look forward to seeing the new furnace taking shape over the coming months.”

“As a Government we know that driving our economy forward when faced with the headwinds blowing in from the Eurozone is a formidable task. We know it’s going to take time. And we know there is no easy or painless way out of the mess we inherited. Given what’s happening in the world we need a relentless focus on the economy and recent announcements on infrastructure and lending show that’s exactly what we’re doing.”