Scunthorpe delivery is most welcome at Dalzell

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 17 Aug 2016

THE arrival of 1,500 tonnes of slab from Scunthorpe's British Steel plant has brought closer the reopening of the iconic Dalzell plate mill in Scotland.

Received by rail in Motherwell, it came in preparation for the restart of steel plate production by another set of new owners, Liberty House Group, next month.

It re-establishes a supply chain broken when production ceased at the mill in December last year.

British Steel's commercial director, Peter Hogg, said: "We are delighted to be supplying our slab to Liberty and their Dalzell plate mill.

"Everyone at British Steel is pleased the mill is reopening. Its return to action is good news for the wider British steel industry."

Liberty acquired the Scottish works from former owners Tata in March, two months before Greybull completed the purchase of the long products division. They then began the complex process of rebuilding the business.

Around 60 staff are already engaged in preparations to reopen Dalzell, with a further 40 expected to join the workforce before the site starts to produce plate again. About 70 per cent of the initial wave of recruits are former employees returning to their old jobs.

Chief executive is Jon Bolton, (pictured right) former director of Tata Steel's Long Products division in Scunthorpe. 

He said: "This is a significant milestone for the plates business in Scotland, but also positive news for the UK steel sector as steel once again is manufactured in British Steel's Scunthorpe site to be rolled in Scotland. It is pleasing to watch the plant gradually coming back to life as more people arrive on site and particularly pleasing to welcome young apprentices to the team."

Plate steel from the plant is used by a wide variety of industries, including ship building, heavy vehicle manufacture, construction and wind power generation.

Liberty's executive chairman, Sanjeev Gupta, said the delivery was the beginning of the fulfillment of a promise to the local community. "We said we would revive this historic steelworks and that is exactly what we are doing," he said.

MORE: Full interview with commercial director of British Steel, Peter Hogg.

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