LIBERTY Steel, part of sustainable industry leader GFG Alliance, has committed to a programme of new investments at its South Yorkshire GREENSTEEL production hub at Rotherham to supply the transport, defence, and construction sectors as part of the UK government’s Build Back Better plan.
The investments, totalling more than £60m, will remove production bottlenecks at its electric arc furnace (N-Furnace) and small bloom caster in Rotherham, helping the business to double existing steel output to 1 million tonnes per annum (mtpa).
LIBERTY will launch a public tender to upgrade its N-Furnace for increased scrap steel melting, make upgrades to Thrybergh Bar Mill and install a new Rod Block to produce wire rod and de-bar in coil.
The programme will boost supply of sustainably-produced reinforcing bar “GreBar” for schools, hospitals, houses, energy facilities and transport links as part of the UK government’s £100bn infrastructure spending plan.
LIBERTY’s production increase will reduce the UK’s reliance on imported steel, helping to strengthen the UK supply chain and secure high-value jobs.
The new initiatives follow hot on the heels of the first shipments of GreBar from Thrybergh targeted at UK infrastructure projects such as HS2.
LIBERTY aims to partner with a rebar fabrication company onsite for GreBar production.
Read the full media release on the LIBERTY Steel Group website.