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New dawn for 3sun as it looks to create ‘GY2’

POTENTIAL new investor to Grimsby, 3sun Group, has given a taste of what it could offer the offshore wind industry.

New dawn for 3sun as it looks to create ‘GY2’

The established operator in maintenance, assembly and installation already employs 20 technicians across Yorkshire and the Humber, and has completed work on 4,000 installations. A total of one million man hours have been spent on such projects, with 500 hours rung up in servicing.

It is also gearing up to provide multi-disciplined inspection services to the industry, bringing down the cost of sending several technicians to sea.

"We are looking at a one-stop shop to give an inspection of the whole turbine," key account manager Paul Hubbard told the latest meeting of Grimsby Renewables Partnership, as he gave a presentation to those in the industry.

Currently operating out of Norfolk, with an office in Aberdeen, and – internationally – in Esbjerg, Denmark and Bergen, Norway – he joked: "We are based in Great Yarmouth. To get to Grimsby if you go by pedalo it takes about 30 minutes, if you come by road it takes six and a half days!

"We have technicians spread across the Yorkshire and Humber area, and we are looking to double or triple that number, but it is not an easy thing to achieve bearing in mind we are looking at experienced people.

"We would like to replicate what we have done in Great Yarmouth for what we now do in Grimsby. We want to get what we have got there in Grimsby. It very much seems like the same amount of wind farms are being developed and it is a hub location that is emerging with established companies attracted to the area."

In Great Yarmouth 3sun has recently taken on more than 100 new wind turbine technicians, swelling its staff roll to more than 400.

Some are joining the 40-strong team building the 56 Siemens turbines for the Galloper Offshore Wind Farm at the purpose-built pre-assembly yard in its home port.

Next month they will be lifted out to vessels to the site off the Suffolk coast where the foundations have been installed.

Bosses said the recruitment campaign will service £6 million of new and existing offshore wind farm contracts in the UK and across the world.

Launched in 2007 by chief executive Graham Hacon, 3sun has been strongly acquisitive. It made a major stride in the industry with the purchase of Dawson Energy, while its training division, bolstered by the buy-out of AID Industrial, has made it one of only two UK centres accredited to deliver the mandatory safety and technical training for wind turbine technicians.

"It turned over £30 million in 2015, winning a Breakthrough accolade at The RenewableUK Awards, and has enjoyed a Top 20 position on The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 league table.

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