Our European plants are leading the company in the challenge of becoming trusted users of air, land and water, and we are continuing to invest to this end. In 2015, our site at Galati, Romania, began installing a state-of-the-art water station to save energy, reduce input costs, and use water more efficiently. This builds on the success of a three-year programme to reduce water consumption in Romania, which has seen our usage fall by 47%.
In 2015 we allocated €100 million for Gijón to refurbish and recommission existing coke oven batteries, to ensure we comply with environmental requirements. These batteries are expected to reach full capacity in 2019.
We have also been investing in our production sites, so that they can manufacture the new high-strength high-performance steels which offer significant structural and sustainability advantages to our customers. This includes a new €60 million coating line at Kessales, Belgium, which produces steels for the automotive industry, due to be operational in summer 2016. We have also invested €9 million in our Sagunto, Spain mill, to increase production capacity for our Usibor® range to meet automotive demand in southern Europe.
In infrastructure, we have invested €35 million at our plant in Belval, Luxembourg, to produce a new range of wider sheet piles that will be made of 100% recycled steel.
We are investing €90 million in various upgrade projects for 2016 in Krakow, Poland. These include restarting preparations for the relining of a blast furnace which will reach the end of its life in the summer, and projects to extend the plant’s hot rolling mill annual capacity by 900,000 tonnes, and hot dip galvanised annual capacity by 400,000 tonnes.