British Steel has won its largest ever order of 244,000 ton for rail sleepers export to Guinea in West Africa. British Steel’s contract with the Guinea Bauxite Company (CBG) will see it deliver 20,000 ton of its 436 profile steel sleepers over the next year.Sleepers will be used to upgrade the railway line at a bauxite mine in the mineral-rich country. British Steel has partnered on the project with Trackwork, which processes the rolled sleeper into its finished form, and Pandrol, which is providing the railway fastenings to secure the sleepers.Guinea is estimated to possess more than a quarter of the world’s supply of bauxite and as it continues to increase its export capacity, it needs to upgrade existing freight lines.Steel sleepers are stronger and more durable than wooden sleepers, which have been traditionally used in African regions. Steel sleepers are also 100% recyclable. Additionally, the transportation of steel sleepers is much more efficient than the transportation of their concrete equivalents as they are lighter and easily stacked. Trucks can carry 3 times more steel sleepers than concrete, meaning lower transportation costs.