British Steel secures sales contract with China's Jingye Group

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British Steel secures sales contract with China's Jingye Group
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China's Jingye Steel will acquire the "business and assets" of British Steel, the UK government's Insolvency Service announced on Monday.

Britain's second-largest steelmaker was forced into liquidation in May, notably threatening thousands of jobs in Scunthorpe, a town in northeast England.

The government did not reveal the cost of the agreement, though in May it was reported the company needed to secure £75m (€85m).

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The government announced the sales contract with the Chinese steel group on its website but stipulated that the "completion of the contract is conditional on a number of matters" including "regulatory approvals."

Jingye Group did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Gareth Stace, director-general of lobby group UK Steel, told the BBC Radio 4's Today programme that the purchase would "complement" Jingye's production and that it was a welcome investment from the Chinese group.

In August, a Turkish fund was reported to be the front-runner to buy the steelmaker.

Additional sources • Reuters