British Steel has marked 50 years of operation since the first steel was rolled at of Scunthorpe Rail & Section Mill Areas 1 & 2. Part of one of the largest investments for what was then the British Steel’s Scunthorpe site, the Anchor Project cost around GBP 235 million. The scheme included building what, at the time, was one of Europe’s largest steelmaking plants as well as the Continuous Casting Plant, the mile-long Bloom and Billet Mill and the Medium Section Mill, as well as provision for ore reception and blending facilities at the Ore Preparation Plant. At the same time, an iron ore terminal was developed at Immingham to receive materials for transfer to the integrated site in Scunthorpe.The project started in February 1970 and the new facilities were brought online over the following years with the MSM rolling its first sections on 15 January 1973. The Concast Plant was the last major section of the Anchor Project to be completed with full commissioning on 31 March 1974. On 6 May that year, HM Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the new facilities with HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.When first built, the MSM was located alongside the BBM and could produce 475,000 tonnes of sections per year including angles, channels and joists. The production process started with blooms being received directly from the BBM, which were initially reheated in 2 walking beam furnaces before rolling through 2 2-high reversing stands and a 7-stand continuous mill. Three edging stands were added for rolling flats.