Belgian railway infrastructure manager Infrabel awarded British Steel’s Rail business a four-year contract to supply 40,000 tonnes of high-quality rails.
The rails will be delivered in various profiles for the maintenance and renewal of track across the Belgian rail network.
British Steel will start the deliveries this month.
The 100-metre-long high-quality rails will be manufactured at British Steel’s Rail and Section Mill in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England, before making their way by rail to Infrabel’s welding facility in Belgium.
The announcement comes a short time after British Steel announced it had secured a major export deal for West Africa. The agreement will see the company supply the Guinea Bauxite Company with 244,000 steel sleepers, its largest ever order for rail sleepers.
“We operate in a highly competitive market so it’s extremely pleasing that Infrabel has selected us to supply rail for the Belgian network once more. It’s a great endorsement of our proven technical record, ability to develop products to meet demand, superb logistics solution and excellent delivery performance – securing another contract with a national network operator is a source of enormous pride,” Jérôme Bonef, British Steel’s Export Sales Manager, Rail said.
British Steel manufactures different types of rails including flat-bottom Vignole rails, Zinoco corrosion protection designed for corrosive rail environments like coastal track, wet tunnels, level crossings and stray current environments, Crane rails for overhead gantry and floor-mounted cranes in terminals and ports, Conductor rails which provide traction current for rail vehicles and are often used in metro applications and steel sleepers / rail ties designed to cater for all types of application, from metre gauge railways to mainline passenger and heavy haul freight routes.
In May, British Steek announced it will invest GBP 1.3 million (EUR 1.5 million) in heavy mobile equipment to boost its operations of its Scunthorpe plant.