Local jobs boost from UK windfarm contract

3sun Group will service the East Anglia ONE offshore windfarm construction phase Photo: James Bass Photography 3sun Group will service the East Anglia ONE offshore windfarm construction phase Photo: James Bass Photography
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Up to 30 jobs are being created after a leading British offshore wind services company 3sun Group won a major contract to help service the build of a new windfarm off the coast of East Anglia.

3sun will service the construction stage of East Anglia ONE, from the windfarm’s new base in Lowestoft harbour – it’s one of the biggest single site contracts the company has won in its 11-year history.

“This is one of the biggest single site contracts we have ever had. It will draw on our local knowledge and experience of the offshore renewables industry using our pool of technicians, but will also create up to another 30 jobs from office workers to technicians,” said Graham Hacon, CEO, 3sun.

Major works

The scope of the contract includes labour, from supplying office-based administrators and security staff to materials and equipment ranging from forklifts to vessels, warehousing and scaffolding.

Also included in the package is training, the supply of personal protection equipment and waste management.

The £2.5bn, 102-turbine windfarm is being developed by ScottishPower Renewables 45km off Lowestoft and will go into operation in 2020 supplying green energy for around 600,000 homes.

3sun has 320 staff and a £25m turnover. It is currently involved in constructing windfarms across Europe, including Belgium, Denmark and Germany.

It also carries out inspection and maintenance on 75% of the UK’s offshore windfarms.

By Anne-Marie Causer

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