A company headed by British billionaire Sanjeev Gupta has bought a hydro-powered smelter in northern Tasmania , saving some 250 jobs at the facility, and furthering Gupta’s aim of becoming a carbon-neutral steelmaker by 2030. The future of the Tasmanian Electro Metallurgical Company manganese alloy smelter had been up in the air for the best part of a year. Owner South32 revealed on Thursday it had entered into a binding agreement to sell the facility to GFG Alliance, which is chaired by Gupta. Green steel industry could secure jobs future for Australia’s coalmining heartland Read more The jobs of some 250 workers at the smelter in Bell Bay, which was built in 1962, will be safe, the new owners said in a statement. The facility will be part of GFG Alliance’s Liberty Steel Group and Gupta said the acquisition would help his goal of becoming a carbon-neutral steelmaker by 2030. “While living in Australia, I visited Tasmania a number of times and was impressed by its natural beauty, its commitment to renewable energy and the diversity of its industries,” he said. The smelter would strengthen GFG Alliance’s steel-making capability in Australia and around the world, he said. Premier Peter […]

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