New data published for the first time shows how the government plans to use 3 million tonnes of steel in infrastructure projects by 2020.
The information is published by Business Secretary Greg Clark and Cabinet Office Minister Ben Gummer alongside changes to government procurement guidance to make it easier than ever before for UK steel manufacturers to plan and bid for upcoming government contracts.
Under the changes, government will start publishing their indicative future steel requirements on an annual basis, initially looking forward to 2020. It complements the new National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline, which set out over £500 billion worth of planned private and public investment over this Parliament and beyond.
From roads to rail, defence to nuclear, the new data will show that central government infrastructure projects will need enough steel to build the equivalent of 173 Wembley stadiums – or 3 million tonnes worth of steel across 18 separate projects.
These will include the upcoming High Speed 2 rail project, the construction of Hinkley Point and for the maintenance and upgrading of the motorway system.
Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark said:
“The government has been absolutely clear that we want to do all we can to support our world-class steel industry. These changes will ensure that UK steel companies can better plan for the long term, giving them an even greater chance of securing government contracts.
We want UK companies big and small to be bidding for and winning government contracts which is why our upcoming Industrial Strategy is so important. This strategy will ensure we make the right investments in science, research, skills and infrastructure so that British industry wins contracts by producing the best goods and services.”