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SSI UK, in Redcar, reveals increase in iron, steel and coke production
A NORTH-EAST iron and steelmaker, which is rekindling Teesside's 160-year manufacturing heritage, has hit new production records.
SSI UK has seen coke, iron and steel levels rise again as it continues to increase operations at its Redcar plant.
The Thai-owned firm, who relit the Redcar blast furnace in April last year, made 8,977 tonnes of iron on Tuesday, with its basic oxygen steelmaking plant rolling 11,325 tonnes of steel on the same day.
The firm, which The Northern Echo this week revealed had used 2,840 tonnes of scrap from the £269m London Olympic Games Aquatic Centre to make its steel, says its continuous casting plant has also broken records, producing 11,432 tonnes of steel slabs.
Its steel slab casting machine made 6,398 tonnes, an increase on its previous best of 6,152 tonnes.
The announcement comes after SSI UK last month recorded its largest ever shipment of steel slabs, with 87,869 tonnes sent to Thailand from Teesport.
The company is also continuing to ramp up production on its £38m pulverised coal injection plant (PCI), which fires powdered fuel into its blast furnace.
Bosses expect the PCI facility to produce about 3.4 million tonnes of iron each year, and 10,000 tonnes every day, saving an annual £60m in expensive imported raw materials, including coke, from the US and Australia.
The company's coke making plants also achieved their highest monthly outputs in July, with the Redcar coke oven producing 99,933 tonnes and its South Bank coke oven making 31,068 tonnes.
Last month, bosses the company, based on the former Corus site, revealed they were in talks with Hargreaves Services, in Esh Winning, County Durham, to mine coking coal to help power the blast furnace.
Phil Dryden, SSI UK chief executive, said: “These records are an indication of the capability and the potential of the operation.
“I'm sure that further significant improvements in production levels will be achieved as the ramp up of the PCI plant process continues.
“This is very much a team effort and I congratulate all of the personnel involved who can feel justly proud of their achievements.”
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