Indian steel-making giant Tata is spending £2 million ($3.1 million) on an expansion of its wind turbine business in the UK.
The company is upgrading its existing plant in Hartlepool to enable the manufacture of steel tubular sections for turbine foundations. Work on the site will start this month and is due to be completed by spring next year.
Ramsay Ross, a director for tubes at Tata Steel, said: “This investment reinforces Tata’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.”
Tata has also signed a deal with German steel pipe producer EBK to produce tubes for turbines at Tata’s plants in Scunthorpe and Dalzell.