Two blast furnace operation at Scunthorpe steelworks now back in business

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 18 Aug 2017

The Scunthorpe British Steel works is back in business as a two blast-furnace operation.

The profit-making company has confirmed the Queen Victoria furnace is again producing iron for the steel-making process.

Production at the 63-year-old Victoria ceased at the end of June due to a technical issue.

Since then the sister furnace Queen Anne has been operating at full capacity to ensure the supply of quality iron was not disrupted.

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The blast furnaces at the Scunthorpe steelworks (Image: David Haber)

Both Anne and Victoria are capable of producing one and half million tonne of iron per annum.

British Steel bosses in Scunthorpe have declined to discuss the nature of the technical issue.

A spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that Queen Victoria blast furnace is back operating at full capacity following a technical isue suffered at the end of June.

“During the period she was off-line our Queen Anne blast furnace continued to ensure a good supply of quality iron for steel-making.”



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