Steelmaker Megasa again suspended production, this time at night, to face the prices of electricity and natural gas “which make the activity unsustainable”, having proposed measures to the Government to mitigate these costs.
The group’s official source, owner of Siderurgia Nacional, reported that the “energy crisis” is “affecting the steel sector, in particular Megasa (Seixal and Maia)”.
Thus, “production is stopped at night (between 10 am and 2 pm daily) due to electricity and natural gas prices that make the activity immediately unsustainable. It is not a decision that the company takes lightly, but the context determines it,” he said.
The same source stressed that the company is “working with the Government to find solutions to overcome this situation”.
“By the way, Megasa has been alerting the Executive to the current difficulties, anticipating the risks for factories and the national economy”, he stressed.
The group thus proposes a “package of measures” that “is no longer new”, but insists that this is the way forward, namely the “holding of PRE auctions [produção em regime especial] specifically for the “electro-intensive” industry”, the “application of the CO2 indirect cost compensation system with values similar to the “competing countries”, the “application of the adjustment of the Iberian mechanism on a daily basis (and not hourly)” and the “feasibility of urgent need for the 85 MW self-consumption photovoltaic project [megawatts] on publicly owned land surrounding SN Seixal”.
The company also indicated that it is always available for dialogue and will attend a meeting, the date of which is still awaiting, “with the objective of finding, with the Government, the best solutions for the country and for the industry that, in the case of Megasa, contributes with 1,000 million euros for national exports”.
In March of this year Megasa suspended activity at the Seixal and Maia factories due to the increase in electricity prices, of which it is the main consumer in Portugal.
In a statement at that time, the owner of Siderurgia Nacional said that “the worsening of the energy crisis caused by the war and the consequent radical increase in electricity and natural gas prices led Megasa to suspend activity at the Seixal and Maia factories”, specifying that the stop affected “the entire production activity in Maia and steel production in Seixal”.
The company resumed production a few weeks later, having anticipated “the annual stop that it usually makes during the summer”, he said. In other words, workers enjoyed a “vacation period” and, therefore, were not on “lay-off”.
Source: Renascença – Noticias by rr.sapo.pt.
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