British Steel is going from strength to strength, having recently revealed plans for a £3 million boiler investment.
The site in Scunthorpe needed to update one of its three-storey boilers to achieve maximum efficiency again.
Plant engineer energy operations and fuel Bob Fish noted the boiler is as big as two and a half houses stacked on top of one another. It also has 15,080m of tubes, which are filled with water, as well as four multi-fuel burners to convert the water to steam. This is then used on site, as well as turned into electricity.
He stated that wear and tear led to the deterioration of the boiler, and weakened its performance.
“We’ve now brought the boiler back on line and, thanks to the hard work and skill of all involved, it’s performing very well and providing a reliable service to the site,” Mr Fish commented.
The updated boiler required steel tubes with a diameter of 76.1mm. They were made with chromium molybdenum, which helps to resist corrosion so they last longer.
Mr Fish remarked the boilers, of which there are eight on the site, can save the business £13,500 an hour through the generation of electricity, as well as create extra income when excess energy is sold to the National Grid.
British Steel hit the headlines in 2020 when it was bought by a Chinese company called Jingye Group, a year after it started the insolvency process.
This helped to rescue the steel manufacturing industry in the UK, as well as secure jobs for 3,200 material handling engineer jobs.