Milestone for steel production

A COMPANY has exported its one millionth tonne of steel through Tees Valley.

PD Ports, the owners of dockland at Hartlepool, has reported that its Teesport site achieved the milestone.

The millionth tonne was loaded last Friday as part of a 64,000 tonne shipment.

PD Ports chief executive David Robinson said: “This is a significant milestone reached and one which we are delighted to see achieved.

“Exporting such a large amount of slab in just five months since production restarted would not have been possible without the strong partnership between PD Ports and SSI UK, and together we aim to deliver an outstanding and first class performance.

“However it remains critically important that all supply chain members and stakeholders, including Government, work together to create a long term and stable platform for SSI UK.”

Phil Dryden, chief executive of SSI UK, said: “2012 has been a challenging year for all of the stakeholders associated with the restart of iron and steel making on Teesside, and we are grateful for the wonderful support we have received.”