Contractors working on the Forth Replacement Crossing (FRC) have today announced steel fabrication for the new crossing will come from the European Union (EU) and China.
Winning consortium Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors (FCBC) has announced it has struck a number of deals with major international steel suppliers in China and the EU. The construction will see over 37,000 tonnes of steel delivered to three new fabrication plants being established on the banks of the Forth.
The first fabrication is taking place at Crist in Gdansk, Poland which will produce 4,200 tonnes of steel to form the project’s massive caisson foundations. Around 8,500 tonnes for the steel bridge sections will be fabricated at Tecade-Megusa in Seville, Spain and 24,500 tonnes will be fabricated at Zhenhua Heavy Industries in Shanghai, China.
No Scottish firms bid to supply the huge amount of raw steel required by a project of this scale, although the final assembly stages of the steel components will be carried out on site at the new plants in Rosyth, South Queensferry and North Queensferry.