Infrabel awards British Steel a supply contract for over 3,000km of rail
British Steel wins contract in Belgium, following a recent two-year contract extension with Network Rail in which it will deliver a further 4,000km of rail.
The four-year agreement will see British Steel supply between 35,000 and 40,000 tonnes of rail per year, equalling more than 3,000km of rail over the duration of the contract.
Deliveries are scheduled to start in January 2019.
Richard Bell, British Steel’s Commercial Director Rail, said: “We’re delighted to have been awarded this contract and look forward to working in partnership with Infrabel over the next four years. We operate in a highly competitive market so it´s extremely pleasing that, after a short break, Infrabel have again named us as their main supplier. It’s a great endorsement of our products and services, and securing another contract with a national network operator is a source of enormous pride.”
The steel for the rails will be manufactured at British Steel´s headquarters in Scunthorpe, England, before being transported to the company’s rail rolling facility in Hayange, France.
From Hayange, a shuttle service will then deliver train loads of the rail direct to Infrabel´s welding plants in varying lengths (including 100m). The main grade of rail will be British Steel´s R260 although there will also be smaller volumes of its stress-free heat-treated and switch rails.
Richard continued: “We have an excellent tradition of working with national operators such as Infrabel, Network Rail and SNCF who are all benefiting from our products and services. By working in partnership with our customers we can offer superb value for money by reducing the need for costly and time-consuming maintenance and replacement works. The less disruption to a network, the greater the flow of traffic; major benefits felt by passengers and freight operators.”
Infrabel said: “This contract, awarded by Infrabel in accordance with the public procurement legislation, is a strategic component of our infrastructure, especially the rail. The quality of the product, the security of the supply chain and the reliability of the partners are crucial during the execution of the contract.”