The reopening of the steel plant at Redcar two years ago brought hundreds of jobs back to Teesside.
However its owners SSI say the world market is tough and the site is still operating at a loss.
Cornelius Louwrens, SSI's UK Business Director, said the company is confident it will soon turn a profit:
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