Following a review of internal systems at the company's Tubes Division as well as the recent report from the Crown Office, ‘Offshore Wind Cost Reduction, Pathways Study', and demand from the market, the Barrett Steel Group has created the Barrett Offshore Tubes business to provide a dedicated and focused service to the offshore market for oil, gas and renewable energy sources.

As part of Barrett Offshore Tubes business development strategy the service centre in Scunthorpe is earmarked for future development. The centre already houses one of Barrett Steel's tube laser profiling machines and will be used specifically for the storage and distribution of hot formed and seamless material.

Stocked grades now include G13+N, G15+N and API X52 in addition to S355J2H to cater for the needs of offshore fabricators.

The Crown Estate's report advocates a significant reduction in the cost of producing electricity from £140/MWh to £100/MWh by 2020 through a number of measures including: managing a pipeline of projects; supporting new methods of working; standardising solutions; supply chain efficiency; optimisation of logistics; and industrialising the supply chain to provide opportunities to reduce capital and operating costs.

Barrett Offshore Tubes will shortly augment the Scunthorpe service centre with additional state of the art plasma cutting machines.

Barrett is one of the UK's largest privately owned independent steel stockholders, and offers in-house capabilities to laser profile large circular hollow sections, eg scalloping and weld preparation.