Barrett Offshore Tubes, part of the Barrett Steel Group, has recently invested over £1m at its Scunthorpe site as part of the company’s commitment to the renewable energy market, particularly the offshore wind turbine industry. The investment, which has resulted in the creation of six jobs, includes a 12m capacity loading system and an LT8 tube laser.
The 12m capacity loading system is something that only the Barrett Group have, with other processors offering a maximum of 8.5m capacity. The Barrett system offers greater flexibility to customers at the design stage and allows larger finished components to be produced. The LT8 is the tenth tube laser commissioned at the Group.
Robert Kirby, commercial manager, Barrett Offshore Tubes, explained the significance of the investment: “Barrett Offshore Tubes was launched in 2012 to provide a dedicated service to the offshore market for oil, gas and renewable energy sources. Barrett Offshore has already supplied to the Humber Gateway, an offshore wind farm of 73 turbines under construction in the North Sea, which will cover an area of 25 sq km. The combination of the larger-capacity loading system and the laser tube cutting facilities will help the company exploit the opportunities presented by the growth in manufacturing for offshore work. Part of our plan also includes coordinating with the Siemens/Hull Green Port offshore wind hub.”
The LT8 is a fully automatic multi-axis laser system which offers fabricators the opportunity to quickly and easily apply the concepts of ‘lean manufacturing’ to the fabrication of metal tubes. It can be used to process round, square, rectangular and specially shaped tubes plus angle iron, channel and flat bar. Time savings can be up to 70% over traditional methods of cutting.
Robert Kirby continued: “The LT8 and the new loading system consolidate our expertise for the offshore wind turbine industry and other renewable energy markets, where high volumes and tight deadlines are the norm.”
One of the UK’s largest privately owned independent steel stockholders, Barrett Steel can laser profile large circular hollow sections, such as scalloping and weld preparations. Barrett stores and distributes hot formed and seamless material. Stocked grades include G13+N, G15+N and API X52 in addition to S355J2H. The company also offers customers the choice of buying either processed steel or the parent material, catering for the diverse needs of offshore fabricators.