The material will be used by CIE EGAÑA to manufacture the support arms for the parabolic reflectors in a new Concentrated Solar Thermal Power plant to be built in Morocco.

Ruukki has signed a contract to deliver nine thousand tonnes of metal-coated, high-strength steel to the Spanish company CIE EGAÑA. The material will be used by CIE EGAÑA to manufacture the support arms for the parabolic reflectors in a new Concentrated Solar Thermal Power plant to be built in Morocco. The new thermosolar plant will have an output of 125 megawatts making it one of the largest in the world and is the first to be built in Morocco.

Ruukki’s deliveries, which will begin at the start of 2014, consist of metal coated, high-strength steel which will both strengthen and lighten the structures whilst the superior surface protection offered by the Galfan coating will prevent corrosion and extend product lifetime. Protection is key when products are constantly exposed to extreme weather conditions.

Tony Harris, Vice President, Sales Western Europe & Africa at Ruukki, commented on the contract, "We are one of the few suppliers able to deliver high-strength formable steel with thick Galfan coating, which is the preferred coating for this kind of application. To secure this contract is particularly pleasing as it is consistent with Ruukki’s strategy to provide lighter, longer lasting solutions to our customers in order to create a more sustainable environment."

Ruukki’s high-strength formable steels enable CIE EGAÃ’A to utilise innovative stamping technology developed from their vast automotive experience in order to reduce weight and cost whilst reducing assembly and installation time and improving efficiency. Previously such structures have been built using welded tubular products.

Ruukki’s range of metal-coated steels includes Galfan-coated, Galvannealed and zinc-coated steels.

Ruukki’s metal-coated steel structures are ideal for demanding conditions at thermosolar plants. Picture from SENER’s thermosolar plant.

Ruukki specialises in steel and steel construction. We provide customers with energy-efficient steel solutions for better living, working and moving. We have around 9,000 employees and an extensive distribution and dealer network across some 30 countries including the Nordic countries, Russia and elsewhere in Europe and the emerging markets, such as India, China and South America. Net sales in 2012 totalled €2.8 billion. The company’s share is quoted on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki (Rautaruukki Oyj: RTRKS).