First SSI shipment leaving Teesside

The first shipment of steel slabs produced at Teesside's SSI plant is leaving for Thailand.

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First steel slabs ready to leave for Thailand

The first steel slabs created at the SSI plant on Teesside are ready to set sail to Thailand.

The 48 000 tonne consignment worth £18.5million has been loaded onto ships and will leave Teesport this morning.

The former Corus site in Redcar was mothballed more than two years ago, but in April the furnace was relit and the plant reopened.

Once the plant is at full capacity it will produce up to 400 slabs of steel a day

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SSI steel ready to be shipped

The first slabs of steel from the newly re-opened SSI blast furnace are being loaded up ready to be shipped to Thailand. It's the latest milestone for the works on Teesside, which seemed doomed when it was mothballed two years ago.

Forty eight thousand tonnes of slabs worth around eighteen million pounds will leave this time but the next shipment is expected to break records.

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First SSI steel shipment bound for Thailand

Steel being loaded at Tees Port Credit: ITV

Preparations are underway at Tees Port as the first slabs of steel from the newly re-opened SSI blast furnace are loaded up to be shipped to Thailand.

The first steel shipment produced at Teesside's SSI plant Credit: ITV

More than 48,000 tonnes of steel has been produced, with around $30 million (£18 million pounds) worth being loaded now.

Around 30 million dollars worth of steel in total is being shipped to Thailand Credit: ITV
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