Tata Steel, the UK’s largest steelmaker, has supplied more than 1,500 tonnes of high-strength steel to help create a vast new extension to the off-shore wind turbine blade factory in Hull for Siemens Gamesa.
Designed so the giant blades can be easily manoeuvred around the building, it had to have 40-metre clear spans, with a working height of 18 metres and significant load-bearing capability, to accommodate the various cranes and gantries required for the manufacturing process. This was made possible by using Tata Steel’s innovative Celsius® structural hollow section products which are able to provide the strength needed for the large unsupported spans.
Tata Steel’s Celsius products are already used in everything from sports stadia to bridges and iconic buildings as it allows designers to create wide open areas which do not require pillars.
Henrik Adam, Chairman of the Board of Tata Steel UK, said: “The off-shore renewable energy sector is a vital area helping the UK meet its decarbonisation goals and it is important we are able to play a part in making that happen.
“The premium products we make right here in the UK are ideally suited to all aspects of the drive for net-zero from construction projects, like this, which support it to the steel used in renewable energy schemes themselves.”
Wind turbine blades manufactured and processed in the new expanded building will be used to develop growing wind farms in the North Sea which power millions of UK homes and factories.
As well as supporting all aspects of the renewable energy sector with steel, Tata Steel in the UK has the ambition to produce net-zero steel by 2050 at the latest and to have reduced 30% of CO2 emissions by 2030. The vast majority of that work will need to happen in South Wales where the company’s largest operational site is. Tata Steel is developing detailed plans for this transition to future steelmaking based on low CO2 technology.
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About Tata Steel’s UK operations
Tata Steel is the largest steelmaker in the UK with primary steelmaking at Port Talbot in South Wales supporting manufacturing and distribution operations at sites across Wales, England and Northern Ireland as well as Norway and Sweden. Tata Steel employs more than 8,000 people and has an annual crude steel capacity of 5 million tonnes. The company supplies high-quality steel products to demanding markets, including construction and infrastructure, automotive, packaging and engineering. Tata Steel in the UK has the ambition to produce net-zero steel by 2050 at the latest and to have reduced 30% of CO2 emissions by 2030. The Tata Steel group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 34 million tonnes. It is one of the world's most geographically-diversified steel producers, with operations and a commercial presence across the world. The group recorded a consolidated turnover of US $21.06 billion in the financial year ending 31 March, 2021