Tata Steel and RWE have formed a new partnership to explore the production of steel components that could be used in high-tech floating wind foundations and structures in the Celtic Sea.
They will work together to identify the steel components that could be supplied from Tata Steel in floating wind technologies for gigawatt-scale projects.
The two companies will share knowledge and expertise to support the green industrial revolution and offshore wind power generation industry in Wales.
Anil Jhanji, Chief Commercial Officer, Tata Steel UK, said: “Steelmaking in the UK played an integral role in supporting the acceleration of the industrial revolution in the late 19th century, and the industry once again will play its part in driving the UK through the ‘Green Industrial Revolution’.
“Whilst we cherish our history, we eagerly welcome the new opportunities which steel continues to offer, and through innovative technical solutions, we have the ambition to produce net zero steel by 2050 at the latest, and to have reduced our CO2 emissions by 30% by 2030. We are also proud to have a product portfolio that will support the UK in securing domestic renewable energy through sectors such as floating offshore wind.”
RWE is proposing to deploy a pipeline of gigawatt-scale floating wind projects in the Celtic Sea as part of the Crown Estate’s upcoming leasing round.
If successful, the projects will form a key part of RWE’s innovative decarbonisation hub, Pembroke Net Zero Centre.
Tom Glover, UK Country Chair, RWE added: “RWE is working with the Welsh Government and industry to support the country’s transition to meet its electricity needs with renewable energy by 2035. Not only will floating wind deployment in the Celtic Sea provide a renewable and sustainable energy source, but it will also generate widespread opportunities for economic growth in Wales, protecting and creating new jobs and supply chain opportunities.
“The co-operation agreement with Tata Steel exemplifies our commitment to utilising local supply chains and expertise to maximise benefits for the region.”