Preliminary engineering work is underway at the Corus Redcar site in the U.K. to develop a new facility to produce steel foundation structures called monopiles, which are used to secure offshore wind turbines to the seabed.
‘The development of a new plant is dependent on us securing enough orders for monopiles,’ says Jon Bolton, director of long products at Corus. ‘Our engineers will be carrying out work in Teesside over the coming weeks to give us a head start on creating a new facility.’
The intention is to redeploy and re-equip redundant buildings on the company's 3,000-acre Teesside site for monopile production and shipment of the structures, according to Corus.
‘The U.K. government has approved ambitious plans to build thousands of wind turbines at sea over the next 10 years,’ says Chris Elliot, director of product marketing at Corus. ‘They are intended to generate 35 GW of electricity – around 15% of the U.K.'s energy requirements. Similar developments are taking place in other European countries.’