Located at the Haverton Hill shipyard along the River Tees, UK, TAG Energy Solutions (TAG ES) is an engineering, construction and project management company that was set up in 2006. Originally delivering projects to the offshore oil and gas industry, the past year has seen a refocusing of the business to concentrate on the renewable energy sectors. A recent £20m investment has created the UK’s first offshore windmill tubular foundation manufacturing facility for North Sea wind farms.
TAG ES is ideally located on of one of the largest shipyards in the UK at Haverton Hill on England’s north east coast. Since 2004 over £4 million of improvements to the former Swan Hunter shipyard has been made with a fully refurbished 6000 square metres of workshops, load-out areas and assembly halls along with refurnished cranes and fabrication equipment. The plant will have annual steel output of 100,000 tonnes.
In addition to the new facility, the site features: a 173-metre assembly hall that contains two 40 tonne overhead cranes and two large doors up to 15 metres in height for maximum access; a loadout quay of over 100 metres length and 38 metres width, capable of up to 6000 tonnes loadout; and a 250 metre holding basin of 5.19 metres depth mean low water springs (MLWS) and 8.86 metre mean high water springs (MWHS).
Because it is located on the east coast of the UK, the facilities are ideally located for future developments such as Round 2 extensions and Round 3 wind turbine construction in the North Sea and for Baltic Sea activities. Reduced distances mean lower transportation costs, enabling TAG ES to provide clients with excellent value for money. The site also has excellent road, rail and air connections, making it well suited for delivery of products throughout the country and internationally.
The company operates in two main sectors, namely oil and gas and renewable energy, with extensive procurement, engineering, construction and project management experience in both. The company’s key management has worked 93on many major offshore projects including BP’s Andrew and Hamilton Ravenspurn platforms, the Elgin wellhead platform and Britannia Operator’s Britannia platform, all of which are located in the North Sea. On average the company’s senior staff have 25 years working experience within the oil and gas industry, being recognised as some of the best in the UK.
Forays into the renewable energy sector are a more recent venture by the company, using its experience in the oil and gas industry to deliver high quality products and projects for offshore wind and wave energy devices including monopiles, jackets and modular topsides. Last year, TAG ES entered into a management buy out with investors Platina Partners LLP, a French financier focused on renewable energy projects, and venture capital firm Environmental Technologies Fund (ETF) as part of a project to become a leading figure in the future of Britain’s renewable technologies industry.
This £20 million investment has enabled the creation of the UK’s first wind turbine tubular foundation manufacturing facility intended to deliver foundation and transition products to an array of North Sea projects. A further £3 million of funding has been received from the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the regional development agency One North East to ensure the go ahead for construction.
The plant will have an initial annual capacity of 84,000 tonnes of steel, a figure that is expected to rise with expansion during following years. TAG ES has also invested
in a blast and paint facility and demolition has begun on slipways to create a jacket build area.
Located in area that is one of the most economically vulnerable in the country, this facility will create up to 400 jobs therefore becoming a vibrant hub for both local employment and future renewable energy technology development. With 30,000 wind turbines to be built around the UK by 2020, making it a £100 billion industry, TAG ES is looking to gain contracts with major utility providers and become a leading figure in this industry.
To assure clients of the facility’s high quality, the company has alongside its own in-house quality assurance systems, a number of recognised standards accreditations. These include ISO 9001:2000 for quality management, ISO 14001:2004 for environmental management and OHSAS 18001:2007 for occupational health and safety management. These have all been accredited by Lloyds Register Quality Assurance.
Having begun its operations in the oil and gas sector, TAG ES is now making concerted efforts to move into the renewable energy market. With this sector already flourishing and looking set to become even stronger in the future, the company’s move to position itself as a leading figure is an intelligent decision. With a sound history at its back and bright prospects ahead, TAG ES is looking forward with confidence.