India's Tata invests in Europe's wind power supplies
Tata Steel, part of India's Tata conglomerate, is to invest £2 million (USD3.15 million) to expand production for supplying the offshore wind sector.
Following a new supply contract with German company Eisenbau Kramer, a steel pipe maker specialising in the oil industry and off-shore projects, Tata is expanding its Hartlepool tube works in North East England.
Work on the Hartlepool factory will start this month and will be finished by next year according to Tata. It will supply steel tubular sections used in the fabrication of jacket foundation structures for offshore turbines.
“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,” said Ramsay Ross, a director for tubes at Tata Steel.