Group Industrial plays key role in MGT energy plant

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Mike Marsh of Group Industrial with Ruben Gonzales of Technicas Reunidas in front of the MGT site, Tees Port. Picture by Tom Banks
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It may have its home on Teesside, but Group Industrial is a company which works all over the UK.

Its skilled industrial services personnel form a vital and active part of a whole host of engineering and construction projects across the UK.

But it is a major venture much closer to home that the Teesside-based industrial company, headquartered at Dinsdale House on Dawson’s Wharf in Middlesbrough, remains most proud of being involved with.

The groundbreaking Tees Renewable Energy Plant (REP), to be exact.

The MGT Teesside power station is currently under construction on Teesport, between Redcar and Middlesbrough.

Nearing completion, the biomass power station will generate 2.3TWh of low carbon, green electricity every year – enough to power 600,000 homes as well as supplying heat for nearby users.

It will cost £650m to build and has created hundreds of jobs during construction.

The services of Group Industrial have played a significant role within the progress of the project including a controlled reactive service during the difficult first months of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mike Marsh, Group Industrial’s MD, says: “MGT Tees REP is a major project and one which suits the service offering of our business model, based on reactive demands and the particular skillset offering of our team. Tees Rep is one of the biggest projects of its kind in Europe.

“To be involved in a project of this scale in our local area is a significant milestone in our progression. It is great to be working with companies of this stature in a sector that we have identified as having real potential for the continuous growth and success of our business and staff.”

The coronavirus pandemic and ensuing lockdown ushered in an unprecedented period in UK history.

Thousands of workers have been furloughed, many industries, projects and plans on personal and commercial levels were put on hold.

Some of the UK’s firms have weathered the storm, some have not. Others – Group Industrial included – have found they have grown and strengthened and are building working relationships going forward.

The firm has an overall workforce of around 100 including an office-based team of eight.

The onsite teams have continued to work on-site on the power station project, says Mike, and they have done so responsibly and with a flexible and reactive attitude which has served to cement the firm’s reputation.

The company has been involved in project areas including industrial coatings and painting, scaffolding, rope access, mechanical and fabrication works in addition to other projects and preservation works within the industry.

A source of pride is Group Industrial’s flexibility and adaptability. Each site has its own unique challenges and being able to provide the necessary skills and expertise to keep the project moving is a real asset of the business.

Plans are customised on a regular basis – daily, if required – to fit each and every client’s individual needs.

“Our service ethos is in place throughout the construction and commissioning phases of the project to its conclusion and beyond,” says Mike.

“Tees REP, for example, has benefited from this approach. We have a facility minutes from the site and provide support via other local suppliers to assist the project requirements.”

Mike is justifiably proud that Group Industrial continues to go from strength to strength.

And he says the next six months will see more projects across the UK.

“We have continued throughout the pandemic, we are lucky,” he reflects. “We are in the right industry at the right time.

“We still have much to aim for and we are going in the right direction.

“We are doing really well; Tees REP is a significant project for the region and to have a major part in that is fantastic. I am immensely proud of that.

“We’ll continue to grow with caution, doing things in the correct manner and growing at the pace we need to in line with our long-term vision. There will be many opportunities.

“And we’re always looking to meet potential new customers.”