Source: Tata Steel
Tata Steel has inaugurated its new £2 million offshore processing centre (OPC) at an event in Hartlepool attended by more than 40 leading business figures from the European renewable energy sector.
Following a presentation at Hartlepool College of Further Education, guests were shown round the company’s new centre, a high-productivity processing facility that will produce welded tubular assemblies to be used in the fabrication of jacket foundations for offshore wind turbines. They also visited Tata Steel’s 42-inch tube mill, one of three tube mills located at the company’s Hartlepool site.
The OPC will play a pivotal role in supplying the renewables sector, manufacturing highly refined components for the offshore wind sector that can be prepared for welding onto finished structures, thereby shortening throughput times and improving cost efficiency for customers. Once manufactured, the components will be stored for shipment in kit form to fabricators in the UK and mainland Europe, using local deepwater ports and the UK rail network.
Tata Steel has also forged a supply agreement with German steel tube producer Eisenbau Krämer (EBK) to complement its own product portfolio, creating what is believed to be the most comprehensive and cost-competitive package in this market across a full size range of tubulars. Under the supply agreement, tubes from 400mm diameter upwards will be produced by both companies from plate manufactured by Tata Steel’s plants in England and Scotland.
In addition to tubulars for jacket foundation structures, Tata Steel will also supply smaller sized tubes and sections suitable for all primary and secondary steel work within wind turbine fabrications.
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