Former first minister Jack McConnell has welcomed an £8M steelworks investment in an area steeped in “proud history” in the industry.
The investment at the Corus Dalzell steel mill in Motherwell, which employees 175 workers, will see a new 3,500-tonne press installed.
There will also be upgrades to the plant’s existing press and other equipment.
The area was formerly home to the Ravenscraig steelworks, which once employed between 6,000 and 8,000 people but closed in 1992.
Motherwell and Wishaw MSP Mr McConnell said: “When I announced that expansion of renewable energy generation would be a priority for the Scottish Government in 2002, I predicted that there would eventually be economic benefits in addition to the environmental benefits in setting challenging targets for renewables.
“I am delighted to hear today that my constituency, with its proud history in the steel industry, will benefit directly from the commitment of the UK and Scottish governments to renewable energy and the construction it requires.
“This investment in Motherwell is the most significant for 40 years and will bring jobs and stability to the plant.”
Corus is also recruiting 60 temporary workers, including 11 in Dalzell and 49 at its nearby Clydebridge plant, following an upturn in orders.
The £8M investment will more than double the plant’s capacity to produce heavy levelled plate which is used in foundations for offshore wind turbines, power plant construction and heavy machinery, as well as in the oil and gas sector.
Colin Timmins, plant manager of the Dalzell and Clydebridge steelworks, said: “This is the largest investment in the Dalzell site for almost 40 years and will be welcomed by our workers, their families and the whole community.”