Sunday, June 16, 2024

British Steel signs deal to supply steel for world’s largest wind farm foundation factory

Steel made by Scunthorpe-based British Steel is being used to create the world’s largest factory of its kind – making the foundations for offshore wind farms.

It’s the £450m project to build a monopile manufacturing facility at the Teesworks site by SeAH Wind.

When complete, the 800-metre-long building will be the world’s biggest monopile facility, and is the first of its kind in the UK. The 40-metre high factory will produce up to 200 monopiles every year – which form the foundations of offshore wind turbines.

A new deal between SeAH, British Steel and Severfield has now been signed which will see steel from Teesside’s Beam Mill at Lackenby, near Redcar, used in the giant development.

Almost 400 people are now working on the site. Many more jobs for the plant will come online towards the end of 2023 and early in 2024 – with 750 direct jobs in total and 1,500 forecast to come through the supply chain.

British Steel will supply more than 30,000 of tonnes of steel under the agreement.

Ben Cunliffe, British Steel’s Commercial Director for Construction, said: “We’re extremely proud that our steel manufactured at Teesside Beam Mill is going into this hugely impressive development by SeAH Wind, and we are delighted to play our part in the exciting regeneration happening on our doorstep in Teesside.

“While we have a rich heritage having supplied many iconic buildings across the globe, we’re focused on the future and delivering the high-quality products our customers require.

“Teesside and British Steel remain at the forefront of UK steelmaking, and we look forward to working with our partners both on this huge project for SeAH Wind and beyond in the continued levelling up and transformation of the area.”

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