British Steel wins contract for HSR in Türkiye

Adana – Gaziantep high-speed British Steel has won a multi-million-pound contract to supply rail for the new Adana – Gaziantep high-speed rail in Türkiye.

The first shipments of rail will be transported from British Steel to Türkiye in the second quarter of 2024. It is manufactured in Scunthorpe and is 60E1 in grade R260, each at 36 metres in length.

“We’re delighted British Steel has been awarded this contract, and to be involved in such an important project. Not only will electrification greatly enhance the transport infrastructure in southern Türkiye, it will also deliver significant environmental benefits. We pride ourselves on providing solutions to the challenges our customers face and look forward to supplying this project with the world-leading rail synonymous with the British Steel name,” British Steel President and CEO Xijun Cao said.

Pivotal to the project is the backing of UK Export Finance (UKEF), the UK government’s export credit agency, which has underwritten EUR 781 million of financing (GBP 680 million) to support construction of the 286 km railway.

With financing provided through UKEF’s Buyer Credit Facility, Rönesans Holding will finish construction of the Mersin – Adana – Gaziantep high speed railway on behalf of the Turkish Ministry of Transport with British Steel one of the key suppliers.

“By upgrading the existing railway line to a high standard railway line, we will be actively reducing negative environmental impact while offering a lower-carbon travel alternative and significantly enhancing the region’s industrial connectivity and trade. Rönesans Holding takes immense pride in contributing to Turkey’s national environmental goals and infrastructure advancement,” Erman Ilıcak, President of Rönesans Holding, said.

Adana – Gaziantep high-speed rail will provide connection from Mersin to the cities of Adana, Osmaniye and Gaziantep in southern Türkiye. The new railway line will help create a lower-emission transport link between Türkiye’s second-largest container port and inland cities more than 150 miles away, with the project expected to reduce CO2 emissions by more than 150,000 tonnes a year.

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