Ascoval to switch to ‘green steel’ manufacturing as part of French rail contract

French special steelmaker Ascoval, part of the British Steel group, is to supply 140,000 tonnes per year of semi-finished products, rectangular blooms, to rail manufacturing specialist BSFR (British Steel France Rail) to be processed into rails for the SNCF Réseau national train network at its plant in Hayange, France.

The four-year contract will begin in September 2020 and run until October 2024; it adds to the 136,000 tonnes of orders expected with other customers for Ascoval’s 2020 order book.
From September 2020, Ascoval’s Saint-Saulve steel mill will be the only plant in Europe to produce long products for rails for the electrical rail network through the recycling of scrap steel and not by the blast furnace technique typically used for these high-end products.

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Published

Carrie Bone

December 04, 2019

10:41 GMT

London