Hartlepool steel plant clinches £10m deal for offshore work

Tata Steel, Brenda Road, Hartlepool. Picture By FRANK REID
Tata Steel, Brenda Road, Hartlepool. Picture By FRANK REID

A GIANT Hartlepool steelmaking plant has won a series of deals to make undersea pipes for four separate North Sea projects.

Tata Steel has signed a series of contracts with Subsea 7 – one of the world’s leading contractors in engineering, construction and subsea services to the offshore industry.

The four contracts, worth an estimated £10m, will see Tata Steel supply more than 35 miles of pipe weighing more than 9,000 tonnes.

Tata Steel supplies products and services to the oil and gas industry. Under the contracts, the company will supply various forms of pipe - all made at its mills in Brenda Road. .

Once they’re made, they will be welded and coated at its offshore processing centre, also in Hartlepool.

Tata Steel’s commercial manager in exploration and production, energy and power, Richard Broughton, said: “Our work with Subsea 7 over the years has been extensive, particularly in the North Sea oil and gas industry, which has become an increasingly important market for us.

“We have the ability to provide the carrier and sleeve pipe and carry out the coating work in-house, demonstrating the customer-focused approach Tata Steel takes. Subsea 7 is an important supply chain partner and our relationship with the company continues to grow.”

Experts are forecasting high growth in the coming years in the subsea markets that the two companies serve.

Mr Broughton added: “This latest series of contracts further demonstrates the breadth of our offering to the energy and power sector. Over the last 25 years we have provided more than 83,000 tonnes of pipe to Subsea 7 for 37 projects worldwide. “From production to engineering, our ability to consistently add value to the services we provide is what sets us apart in the market place.”

Tata Steel and Subsea 7 have also signed a global framework agreement to cement their partnership, which first began 25 years ago.