Mothballed Scottish steel plants to make metal for wind turbines

Two mothballed Scottish steel plants are to now produce heavy-duty steel for wind turbines and T-pylons. Liberty House said it started recruiting staff at the newly-bought Dalzell and Clydebridge plants […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Two mothballed Scottish steel plants are to now produce heavy-duty steel for wind turbines and T-pylons.

Liberty House said it started recruiting staff at the newly-bought Dalzell and Clydebridge plants last week with plans to restart production in September.

The equipment will be used in a new UK manufacturing centre that will supply the growing offshore wind market and turbine casings for Tidal Lagoon Power, in which Liberty’s sister company SIMEC is a major investor.

It is part of the company’s ‘GREENSTEEL’ strategy, which involves investing in green energy “as the basis of a competitive UK steel and engineering industry”.

Sanjeev Gupta, Executive Chairman at Liberty House said: “We are very excited about this new opportunity. It is an excellent example of how we are integrating our steel production and manufacturing supply chain to create a robust industrial eco-system.

“Our aim is to create a world-class centre for the production of tubular towers and other large scale steel fabrication. Most of these products are currently imported so there is great potential to substitute this with our own production of best-in-class and competitive British towers, building sustained value and creating skilled jobs in a growth sector.”

Liberty House is also considering taking over Tata Steel’s operations in the UK and the government said it could provide green funding for the buyer.