Liberty House to increase UK steel production to 5 million tonnes (US)

Liberty House will invest in 5 million tonnes per year of secondary steelmaking capacity in Britain over the next five years, equivalent to half of the UK’s current steel output, the UK steelmaker said on Monday November 27. “This low-carbon secondary steel production would displace much of the 6.6 million tonnes of raw steel currently imported into Britain each year,” the company said. The new capacity, which will be part of Liberty House’s “Greensteel” initiative

One of Britain’s largest industrial groups has announced plans to create a total of five million tonnes of low-carbon steelmaking capacity over the next five years as part of a drive to develop a green and

competitive future for manufacturing in the UK. This equates to half of all the steel made in Britain at present.

The company said the plan would play an important role in delivering the vision for ‘clean growth’ outlined in the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy White Paper.

The GFG Alliance, which already employs 5,500 workers at its Liberty House UK steel and engineering plants, disclosed that, as part of its own ‘Greensteel” strategy, it aims to recycle at home a large proportion of the 7.2 million tonnes a year of scrap steel currently exported from the UK each year. This low-carbon secondary steel production would displace much of the 6.6 million tonnes of raw steel currently imported into Britain each year.

At present the UK exports more of its scrap for processing abroad than any other developed economy and GFG says this abundant raw material – 10 million tonnes a year rising to 20 million within a decade – provides the country with a huge opportunity to drive clean growth by making low-carbon steel at home.

Jay Hambro, chief investment officer of the GFG Alliance – which includes the Liberty House and SIMEC Energy – said: “The Government’s White Paper acknowledges clearly that green energy and industrial competitiveness go hand in hand and we welcome the document’s emphasis on clean growth. That link between energy and industry has been at the heart of our own Greensteel strategy and we are greatly encouraged to see public policy going strongly in this direction. Greensteel, made using renewable energy, has only one tenth of the carbon footprint of blast furnace production and should form a key part of the clean growth focus.”

He added: “Driverless and electric cars, as mentioned in the new industrial strategy are a great innovation and the quest for cleaner engines is also a step in the right direction. However, it is worth remembering that all cars will need steel, aluminium and composite materials whichever the engine or driver, so the focus of clean growth must capture this. As the UK’s largest primary aluminium producer and one of the largest steel and engineering groups, we are heavily involved in the new developments which will achieve these goals. We are on a constant drive to create clean growth and are delighted to see this highlighted by Government.”

Liberty House Group

GFG Alliance

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