Corus’ Scunthorpe-headquartered Construction & Industrial division has won a competitive tender to supply steel for the Royal Navy’s two new aircraft carriers.
Corus will supply more than 80,000 tonnes of structural steel for the carriers which will be the biggest and most powerful surface warships ever constructed for the Royal Navy. Around 90 per cent of the steel will be manufactured at Corus’ operations in Scunthorpe, north Lincolnshire, Dalzell, near Motherwell, in Scotland, and Skinningrove in Teesside.
The £3.8bn carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales, are due to enter service in 2014 and 2016 respectively. Corus will start rolling steel for the aircraft carriers later this year. Corus’ Scunthorpe and Dalzell steelworkers will produce plate steel for the ships’ hulls, while the company’s employees in Skinningrove will manufacture bulb flats – steel used to stiffen the construction.
Corus has been working closely with Dent Steel Services in Bradford, which has won a separate contract to supply warehousing, shot-blasting and painting services.