Tata Steel gears up for growing wind turbine jacket demand
Tata Steel has invested £2 million in its Hartlepool tube
works to increase its product and service offering to the offshore
renewable energy sector.
This investment has been sparked by growing activity in the renewables
sector, which will require large volumes of jacket fabrications
for wind tower structures. The Hartlepool development will establish
a central supply base, with work on the site scheduled to be completed
by spring next year.
Ramsay Ross, a Director for tubes at Tata Steel, said: "This
investment reinforces Tata Steel's commitment to establishing a
significant presence as a supplier to the renewables sector as the
drive to transform the energy supply scene in the EU gathers pace.
"The wind tower hub in Scunthorpe, which was launched last
year to process and distribute steel plate for fabricators, was
a key step in this strategy. This separate development, in which
we will be modifying buildings and investing in new assets at Hartlepool,
is the next stage."
In a separate move that will enhance its presence in the renewables
market, Tata Steel has also reached a supply agreement with world-renowned
steel pipe producer Eisenbau Krämer (EBK).
Rainer Seelbach, managing director of EBK, said: "Eisenbau
Krämer is pleased to be associated with this significant investment
opportunity in the European renewable energy sector. The synergies
and highly complementary production capabilities of the Tata Steel
and Eisenbau Krämer pipe mills will bring to the market a level
of technical competence, breadth of product portfolio and production
efficiency not previously available from a single supplier in this