Teesside Steelworks

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Teesside Steelworks at night

Teesside Steelworks is a large steelworks located in Redcar and Cleveland unitary authority, England, on the south bank of the river Tees, close to the river's outfall onto the North Sea.

The site's blast furnace is the second largest in Europe.[1]


Founded by Dorman Long in 1917, the steel produced was used to build the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Tyne Bridge, Auckland Harbour Bridge and many others.

Dorman Long was absorbed into the nationalised British Steel. When nationalisation ended, it merged with Dutch steelmakers under the name of Corus, making steel further west, first at the Corus BOS, using iron produced at the company's Redcar blast furnace. After that, in 2007, the company was bought by Tata Steel .[2]

In light of the termination of a large contract in 2009, 1,700 jobs were lost at the plant.[3] However, on 24 February 2011, it was announced that Teesside Steelworks has been purchased by Thai Steel giant, SSI.[4] On 15 April 2012 the plant was officially reopened.[5]


  1. ^ "Workers return as steelworks furnace is relit". BBC News – Business (BBC). 15 April 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Teesside Steelworks For Sale". BBC News (BBC). 26 January 2009. Retrieved 5 May 2009. 
  3. ^ "2,000 face redundancy at English steelworks". Wikinews. 9 May 2009. Retrieved 9 May 2009. 
  4. ^ "Teesside steel plant's £291m sale secures 700 jobs". BBC News Online (BBC). 24 February 2011. Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Blast furnace at former Corus Redcar steel plant relit". BBC News Online (BBC). 15 April 2012. Retrieved 15 April 2012. 

Coordinates: 54°35′33″N 1°08′07″W / 54.5924°N 1.1352°W / 54.5924; -1.1352