British Steel China deal is a 'watershed moment', says Scunthorpe principal

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 29 Jan 2018

British Steel's deal to supply rail for a £57 billion cargo port in China is a "watershed moment", according to a Scunthorpe principal.

Marc Doyle, head of the Humber University Technical College in Church Square, said the deal now gives students access to a global company in the town.

It follows British Steel securing a contract to supply crane rails to the Yangshan deep water facility in Shanghai.

"This is like a watershed moment," said Mr Doyle.

"I think its exciting and it puts a works with global footing in the town."

Under the terms of the deal, the Scunthorpe-based company has already supplied 4,650 tonnes of special profiles for the Yangshan development, with a further 3,000 tonnes to follow for the next phase.

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The steel is being made at the Scunthorpe works, before being rolled at British Steel's special profiles facility in Teesside.

Mr Doyle added that the deal will also benefit steel workers of future generations in the town.

"I have been telling students at the college that we are putting them at the front of the queue for a career at the works," he said.

"They can see that now."

British Steel crane rail at the Yangshan development in China

Peter Gate, managing director of British Steel’s special profiles business, said the deal is a "great opportunity" for the company.

He said: "China offers us a great opportunity so we’re delighted to be bringing our products to market through Steel CLIK.

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"The Yangshan project is a highly prestigious development and, given the competition we faced, we’re immensely proud to have been awarded this contract.

"Our crane rails are of a very high quality and strength and will ensure the port, which will handle millions of tonnes of cargo a year, has exceptional capabilities."

The Yangshan project began in 2002 and the last of its phases is expected to be completed in 2020.

It is unique because of its sheer size and because of the shallow waters surrounding the offshore islands of Greater and Lesser Yangshan, where the port is being built. It is connected to the mainland by the 20-mile Donghai bridge, which is the world’s longest sea bridge.



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