British Steel has announced a new contract for the supply of steel rails to Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC), the network operator in Catalonia, Spain.
This new order is for the supply of R260 rail, which will be used to replace life-expired rails on the Catalan network. British Steel has been asked to make delivery of several batches of rail over a short time period.
R260 is a Manganese Silicon Carbon steel used for rails and defined by European standard EN 13674-1. It is very much a standard grade, used in general railway applications.
British Steel produces steel in Scunthorpe and then rolls the rails either there or at Hayange in northern France from where, purely for logistical reasons, much of the Catalan order may be fulfilled.
Commercial director for rail, Richard Bell, was pleased to announce the order: “We’re delighted to have secured this new contract with FGC. Delivering with a short lead time is a great benefit to our customers and we look forward to supplying FGC with the high-quality rail synonymous with the British Steel name.”
Winning this order for ‘standard’ rail, without high-tech metallurgy or special coatings, seems to be a feather in British Steel’s cap and proves that the UK company can compete on a global stage.