Megasa responds to pollution concerns with Portuguese investment

Portugal’s Megasa has responded to concerns raised by the Portuguese authorities over the levels of pollution of its EAF-based plant in Seixal with the announcement of new investment.

The company has told local authorities that it has already invested some €400 million ($454m) in the plant, but will spend a further €80m by 2020 to reduce the environmental impact of the mill. The investments should include a new gas unit and a better noise isolation.

Earlier this year the local authorities gave sixty days to Megasa to address the environmental issues, following complaints by local citizens filed to the European Union.

The Seixal mill produces long products and has a capacity of 800,000 tonnes/year of crude steel, according to Kallanish data.