Graham Hacon (photo: 3sun Group)
3sun Group, specialist provider of products and services to the global energy industry, is reinforcing its on-going commitment to the offshore wind industry with CEO Graham Hacon chairing a new special interest group.
The Offshore Wind Supply Chain Special Interest Group (SIG) has been initiated by local trade organisation EEEGR (The East of England Energy Group) with the aim of addressing industry issues head on and encouraging local companies to work together.
The group follows the successful Late Life and Decommissioning Special Interest Group, which was also initiated by EEEGR and has been running for the past three years. Similarly, the Offshore Wind Supply Chain SIG will be set up and controlled by EEEGR, with Graham Hacon as chair and approximately ten other companies specialising in the offshore wind industry completing the group.
Hacon also sits on the EEEGR board of directors and was selected to chair the SIG given his significant experience in the industry.
Simon Gray, CEO of EEEGR, explains, “Graham is perfectly placed to chair the group. We need someone with the experience and tenacity required to bring together a dynamic group of companies in the local supply chain, to outline the requirements and the aspirations of the offshore wind industry. We’re currently accepting applications to join the group and we’re confident that Graham will use his expertise and direction to develop a successful group.”
Whilst the oil and gas industry is still facing challenging times, there are renewed hopes for companies to operate and diversify into renewables. 3sun Group is an advocate of this with offshore wind now accounting for 95% of its business activity.
Hacon adds, “Times are tough in the industry right now but there is a real opportunity in offshore wind, with more projects on the horizon. We have the advantage of a lower cost base in this region but local companies must collaborate in order to gain the benefits of true cost reduction. This new group will really help to encourage that.”
The closing date for anyone interested in applying to join the group is 23 September.
Since its inception in 2007, 3sun Group has grown rapidly to now employ more than 260 people across six divisions, and has earned a global reputation for resolving some of the key energy engineering challenges facing the energy sector. Its success at the Offshore Achievement Awards follows a number of award wins in 2015 for its Pre-Apprentice Scheme, a Top 20 position on The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 league table and a £10million investment from the Business Growth Fund in 2014.