RWE has entered a new partnership with Tata Steel to work on the production of steel components that could be used in high-tech floating wind foundations and structures for projects in the Celtic Sea.
The companies will work together to identify the steel components that could be supplied from Tata Steel in floating wind technologies in the GW-scale floating offshore wind projects in the Celtic Sea. The co-operation agreement will allow the two companies to share knowledge and expertise and demonstrate the shared commitment to supporting the wider industrial decarbonization and economic development of Wales.
“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,” says Tom Glover, RWE’s U.K. country chair. “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 cooperation agreement with Tata Steel exemplifies our commitment to utilizing local supply chains and expertise to maximize benefits for the region.”
“Steelmaking in the U.K. played an integral role in supporting the acceleration of the industrial revolution in the late 19th century,” states Anil Jhanji, chief commercial officer of Tata Steel UK. “The industry once again will play its part in driving the U.K. through the ‘Green Industrial Revolution’.”
RWE is proposing to deploy a pipeline of GW-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 decarbonization hub, Pembroke Net Zero Centre, bringing together all areas of RWE’s decarbonization expertise and supporting the transition to net zero in South Wales.
The co-operation agreement will allow the two parties to provide technical assistance and expertise to The Crown Estate, if needed as part of the Celtic Sea leasing process.