Around 250 employees of British Steel in Scunthorpe are to be offered alternative roles following the recently announced closure of the company's coke ovens.

In a move designed to overcome global economic challenges, British Steel has already announced that it will be closing its Scunthorpe-based coke ovens and then build, 'a green and sustainable future'.

According to British Steel, its bills for energy and carbon increased by £190 million, a situation that required decisive action because of the 'unprecedented rise in operating costs', not to mention surging inflation and the clear need to improve the company's environmental performance.

"In the coming months we will press ahead with the closure of the coke ovens and we are pleased to say all employees affected by this decision will be offered alternative roles in the business."

British Steel.

The company is quoted as saying that all employees affected by the coke oven closures will be found alternative employment. "In the coming months, we will press ahead with the closure of the coke ovens and we are pleased to say all employees affected by this decision will be offered alternative roles in the business," asserted a company spokesman, adding "We appreciate this has been a difficult time for everyone involved and I'd like to thank our people and the trade unions for their professionalism throughout the consultation process."

The trade unions involved in discussions with British Steel have confirmed that they will not object to the proposed closures and that a formal consultation with the company is complete. There have been no compulsory redundancies among coke oven employees.

According to British Steel, the closure of the coke ovens will bring environmental benefits including reductions in emissions to air and water. The company claims that it is undergoing the biggest transformation in its 130-year history on a journey towards net zero. Other potential cost-saving measures are being looked at.

British Steel has called upon the British Government to provide more help with decarbonization.

"Jingye has invested £330 million in capital projects at British Steel during the first three weeks of ownership, but we also need the support of the UK Government with whom we remain in talks."

British Steel spokesman.

A British Steel spokesman commented: "Jingye has invested £330 million in capital projects at British Steel during the first three weeks of ownership, but we also need the support of the UK Government with whom we remain in talks."

The company wants to progress its Governmental discussions and is committed to transforming the business with its planned investments, but needs assurances from the Government that a competitive landscape exists for energy and carbon.

"Our decarbonization strategy is underpinned by our Low Carbon Roadmap, which will help secure low-embedded carbon steelmaking in the UK."

British Steel spokesman.

"Our decarbonization strategy is underpinned by our Low Carbon Roadmap, which will help secure low-embedded carbon steelmaking in the UK," said British Steel's spokesman, but added that the company is still waiting for the British Government to adopt the correct policies and frameworks now to back the company's drive to become a clean, green and successful company. "Governments in countries where our major competitors operate have adopted such policies and the longer we wait for their implementation in the UK, the more impact this will have on our competitiveness and the country's ability to meet its carbon objectives." The spokesman said that British Steel was committed to working with the government and making the home-made steel Britain needs 'for generations to come'.

Ever since Jingye purchased British Steel in March 2020, the company has invested heavily in the business. There are major ongoing projects currently underway including the installation of a £54 million billet caster and a £26 million mast service centre, not forgetting a £50 million wire rod mill upgrade.

The company has spent £30 million on new unloaders for its port facility, £14.6 million on improving energy operations and £9 million on a new rail stocking facility, the aim being to improve British Steel's product quality, range and service.