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MTE INTERVIEW


PROVIDING LEADING SOLUTIONS TO OFFSHORE WIND FARMS


Introducing Anthony Jones from MTE… “MTE recognised the importance of renewable energy, and as such, transferred our experience, capabilities and knowledge to enter into the offshore renewable sector to provide our leading solutions to offshore windfarms.”


When it comes to protecting people and equipment from blast, fire and radiant heat hazards, UK headquartered Mech- Tool Engineering Ltd (MTE) has over 46 years’ experience in doing so.


GLOBAL LEADER


Recognised as a global leader in delivering turnkey fire and blast protection and modular solutions to the oil and gas and nuclear markets, the company has most recently made a mark for itself over in the renewable energy sector having supplied its leading solutions to some major ground-breaking projects including Galloper 2 and Dudgeon. Having been impressed by MTE’s design and engineering capabilities, Wind Energy Network took the opportunity to interview the company’s Business Development Director, Anthony Jones, who has been at MTE for over 18 months heading up the fire and blast solutions division, to find out more about the company’s entry into wind energy and its plans for the future.


HOW DID MTE GET INTO THE FIRE AND BLAST PROTECTION INDUSTRY? WAS IT ALWAYS THE FOCUS? The intial beginnings of the offshore sector in the North-East back in the early 80’s was key to MTE focusing its attention in line with the UK shipyards and diversification away from sole reliance on ship building.


HAVE YOU SEEN A CHANGE IN THE TYPE OF PROJECTS YOU’RE WORKING ON NOW VERSUS 10 OR 20 YEARS AGO? Yes, particularly due to the movement of fixed platforms to floating platforms which has since seen further field developments in terms of the advances in subsea technology. MTE recognised


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the importance of renewable energy, and as such, transferred our experience, capabilities and knowledge to enter into the offshore renewable sector to provide our leading solutions to offshore windfarms.


HAVE YOU HAD TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE WAY YOU OPERATE AS A COMPANY BASED ON INDUSTRY MOVEMENTS, OR HAS MTE BEEN A STEADFAST BUSINESS? We are always looking at continuous improvements and embrace changes that are required to meet the ever-changing demands and challenges of projects and clients globally. MTE does not stand still and invests annually into R&D activities to continually develop and fine tune our products based on new technologies and the progression in materials. MTE ensures key training programmes are provided to new and existing members of the MTE family to understand the benefits of new technologies and benefits of passing this onto our clients.


RECOGNISED AS A GLOBAL LEADER IN DELIVERING TURNKEY FIRE AND BLAST PROTECTION AND MODULAR SOLUTIONS...


MTE HAS GAINED VERY VALUABLE CONTRACTS IN RECENT TIMES WITH SOME VERY HIGH PROFILE CLIENTS, HOW DOES WORK COME TO YOU? Great effort and persistence by the MTE BD and sales team is required to identify, develop and chase project opportunities in a global arena. Couple this with over 46 years’ experience in providing optimised design and engineering solutions from MTE’s in-house team with the ability to manufacture high quality world class products – cost effective, competitively priced solutions – all giving an excellent offering and deliverable to projects and clients.


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