KRG Engineering to invest £2 million in renewables strategy

By Tilly Kenyon
KRG Engineering has announced a global growth plan focused on renewable energy...

KRG Engineering is investing £2 million in new equipment and technology as part of a new renewables-oriented global strategy.

The engineering specialist aims to grow turnover by 20 percent annually for the next five years by expanding its oil and gas, rail, defence and FMCG presence and diversifying more into renewables. KRG owns a 20,000sqm facility in Coatbridge, Scotland, servicing food manufacturers, the MoD and tier one OEMs in the oil and gas sector.

Gerry Hughes, CEO at KRG said as global economies look to infrastructure and other critical industries to 'build back better', it can play a vital role in ensuring robust, reliable components. 

"In these industries, the integrity of a single part can lead to downtime, which significantly impacts the entire operation. Our components are used on some of the most complex oil and gas equipment, so we have the skills and knowledge to support the offshore renewables sector, including the wind supply chain," he said. 

"This is the time to realise our potential and to do that, we want to reinvest into the untapped engineering talent we have in Scotland to solve safety and uptime challenges. By housing all our capabilities under one roof, we offer customers in the renewables industry an end-to-end solution to reduce costs and interfaces while improving quality and reliability."

Last week, Aker Solutions and Doosan Babcock signed an MoU to deliver low-carbon solutions and renewable energy projects in the UK (click here) and Octopus Energy Group announced its intention to acquire sister company Octopus Renewables, adding £3.4 billion of green energy projects to its asset management portfolio. 

Renewable energy is growing rapidly and according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), renewables reached 30 percent of global electricity generation capacity in 2020. The IEA sees renewable energy overtaking coal to become the largest source of electricity generation worldwide by 2025, supplying one-third of the world’s power.

Multinationals such as BP, Total, Shell and many more are all investing and expanding in renewable energy.

BP stated that it will reduce its oil and gas production by 40 per cent by 2030 whilst boosting investments in renewable energy by $5 billion a year. They will also invest in and build renewable energy capacity of 20GW by 2025 and 50GW by 2030.

French oil & gas company Total has pledged to increase its annual investments in renewables by 50% by 2030. By increasing its annual investment it will bring 35GW of new renewable energy production capacity online by 2025. This is up from the previous target of 25GW.

Shell aims to reduce its net carbon intensity by 6-8 percent by 2023, 20 percent by 2030, 45 percent by 2035 and 100 percent by 2050. They are investing in projects such as developing integrated hydrogen hubs and nature-based solutions. 

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