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£2.5m East Anglia One contract could create 30 jobs at Great Yarmouth firm

PUBLISHED: 17:00 23 July 2018 | UPDATED: 17:00 23 July 2018

Ground breaking of the ScottishPower Renewables East Anglia One wind farm operations and maintenace building at Hamilton Dock, Lowestoft. (L-R) Graham Hacon, 3sun Group chief executive with Charlie Jordan, ScottishPower Renewables project director for East Anglia One, and Michael Montgomery, East of England Offshore Wind Skills Centre graduate. Picture: James Bass Photography

Ground breaking of the ScottishPower Renewables East Anglia One wind farm operations and maintenace building at Hamilton Dock, Lowestoft. (L-R) Graham Hacon, 3sun Group chief executive with Charlie Jordan, ScottishPower Renewables project director for East Anglia One, and Michael Montgomery, East of England Offshore Wind Skills Centre graduate. Picture: James Bass Photography

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3sun Group, based in Great Yarmouth, will be servicing the construction stage of East Anglia One from the wind farm’s operations and maintenance base in Lowestoft.

The contract will see the firm provide services including warehousing, training, maintenance of personal protection equipment (PPE) and waste management to the project, as well as providing labour from offshore technicians to security staff and administrators.

It is a major role to play in the construction of the £2.5bn, 102-turbine wind farm being developed by ScottishPower Renewables off the coast of Lowestoft.

Graham Hacon, chief executive of 3sun Group, said it was one of the biggest single site contracts ever secured by the company, which has 320 staff and turnover of £25m.

“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,” he said.

“We know it was a very competitive tendering process and, after months of work towards the bid, 3sun is delighted to have been chosen as part of the 50pc of UK content for the project.

“We also hope it will further add to our credibility and showcase our services for other major wind farms in the future.”

Mr Hacon plans for the company’s East Anglia One workforce to include candidates from the new East of England Offshore Wind Skills Centre at East Coast College’s Great Yarmouth campus, of which 3sun is a supporter.

The 28-month contract will be overseen by 3sun’s newly appointed chief operations officer Stephen Rose, who has previously worked on the Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm with SSE.

Charlie Jordan, East Anglia One project director at ScottishPower Renewables, said: “We are already working with a number of East Anglian companies and look forward to working with 3sun Group on this important phase of the project. 3sun’s expertise will play a key role in our offshore construction activities for East Anglia One.”

Monday brought good news for the UK’s offshore energy industry as the government announced that its contracts for difference (CfD) auctions, where companies bid for contracts that would guarantee a minimum price for the energy they sell, will now be held every two years.

The CfD process is thought to have significantly reduced the cost of supporting offshore energy and will help the UK’s offshore wind power capacity double over the next decade, according to the industry.

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