Building DK Building SE Electronics DK Energy DK Food DK Food SE Metal Metal DK Metal NO Metal SE Retail DK Wood DK
 

Steelmaking reborn at Teesside site

- By Charlotte Stubben

Metal production is back under way at one of the UK's biggest steel plants, with the first usable slabs of iron due to be produced within days.

Photographs have been released of the blast furnace being relit at the plant in Teesside in the north-east of England, which was rescued from the prospect of closure a year ago by Sahaviriya Steel Industries (SSI) of Thailand.

A gas lance was used to reignite the furnace in a special ceremony. The move will mark the resumption of steelmaking on Teesside following the mothballing of the plant in February 2010.

1,7000 jobs
Around 1,700 workers are now employed on the site and the figure will increase to 1,800, similar to the numbers on site under the previous ownership.

Read more: Mr Klesch reveals part of his plans for Tata Steel Europe long product future

Mr Win Viriyaprapaikit, president of SSI, donned a white hard hat while attending the ceremony in Redcar.

He said: "This is a very proud day for us in SSI and for me personally. I believe that the investment we have made at Teesside will result in a very successful business which will benefit all of the stakeholders involved, including the local community and employees for generations to come."

Long tradition of steelmaking
Mr Phil Dryden, chief executive of SSI UK, said: "I would like to pay tribute to all those who have made this day possible, including the stakeholders for their investment and the people who have worked so hard on the restart project. We now look forward with confidence to resuming the long tradition of steelmaking on Teesside and establishing SSI UK as world class steelmaker."

Watch video Workers return as steelworks furnace is relit.

Watch video Steelmaking returns to Teesside after two years.

Write Comment
Sign up for our newsletter
Already 2 subscribers.
View the latest newsletter.
Follow us on:

See allNews from the companies

Domnick Hunter campaign

December 17, 2014 12:00 AM
ultrafilter Skandinavien ApS

Buy replacement elements for your Domnick Hunter filter from Ultrafilter Scandinavia and save money.

Thank you for a fantastic 2014!

December 16, 2014 10:11 AM
AP&T

For AP&T, 2014 has been characterized by both the past and the present. We celebrated 50 years since the foundation for AP&T was laid and the 25th ann ...

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

December 16, 2014 10:49 AM
TAON HYDRAULIC, Hydraulic Systems and Components

TAON Hydraulik wishes customers, partners and suppliers a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year. We thank you for the past year ...

December 9, 2014
December 5, 2014
December 3, 2014
December 1, 2014
November 28, 2014
November 27, 2014
November 26, 2014
November 25, 2014
November 24, 2014