Minister Tours Gamechanging British Steel Site as Progress Roars Ahead at Teesworks

Tees Valley Mayor | Published on: 10th May 2024

A Government Minister has seen where a huge new factory is set to be built as progress roars ahead at Teesworks.

The Rt Hon Kemi Badenoch, Secretary of State for Business and Trade, visited the British Steel Lackenby site with staff and Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen on Friday (10 May).

Planning permission for a new Electric Arc Furnace was secured last month. It will use greener technology to melt scrap and produce new steel.

A deal signed in 2023 will see steel from British Steel’s Beam Mill used in the giant SeAH Wind Ltd offshore wind development at South Bank.

The 800-metre-long building will be the world’s biggest monopile facility when operating and is the first of its kind in the UK.

As well as the British Steel project, investment and export opportunities were discussed with the Business Secretary, as well as great progress on the wider Teesworks site.

Mayor Houchen said: “I’m proud my pledge for steelmaking to return to Teesside is coming to fruition – and I’m excited for the hundreds of new steel jobs, and the thousands in the supply chain, this new project will bring.

“This factory will protect the hundreds of British Steel jobs we already have here, but it will also retain our place in building the world with Teesside steel.

“With Teesworks and the huge projects underway we are, without doubt, the number one site for green growth in the UK and I was delighted to show the Minister the real progress we’re making.”

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