Offshore wind company aims to create 40 jobs by 2020 after Lowestoft move
PUBLISHED: 11:53 02 February 2018 | UPDATED: 11:53 02 February 2018
An international engineering company has announced plans to recruit up to 40 employees in the next two years as it opened its first UK base on the East of England coast.
Offshore wind specialist Creadis UK has based its first UK office at Lowestoft’s OrbisEnergy, where it says it will have access to a range of potential customers among its fellow tenants at the renewables hub.
At its launch, the company with 15 offices worldwide announced its collaboration with a leading energy services provider Great Yarmouth-based 3sun Group as its “execution partner.”
Creadis UK managing director Morten Basse said the Danish company’s business strategy was to employ up to 12 local employees by the end of this year, rising as high as 40 by 2020, expanding the workforce as projects are secured.
Mr Basse said that, when looking for a UK base, OrbisEnergy had bene a logical choice.
“Lowestoft is an important offshore hub. The wind farms are here and OrbisEnergy has been clever enough to have at least 10 of the tenants as our potential customers,” he said. “It is like a gift to move in here with customers next door.”
Creadis has provided consultancy and engineering services for 21 years, with wind as its biggest sector, and the company has extensive experience in turbine design and operation.
Mr Basse said that would give the company a point of difference, coming from the turbine development side rather than having diversified from the oil and gas industry.
“A wind farm owner might have some technical problems and issues on turbines, suffering the cost of down time and going out to look at the turbines, finding out what is wrong and re-starting the turbines,” Mr Basse said.
“We analyse the technical problem and do root cause analysis, the re-engineering and come up with the retrofit.”
The OrbisEnergy office joins five offices in Denmark, three in Germany, three in the US and offices in Poland and Spain.
Creadis UK has moved into OrbisEnergy with the support of Nautilus Associates, with which it has been working in partnership for several months ahead of launch.
Director Johnathan Reynolds said: “Nautilus has supported Creadis UK to set up and become established in the UK, introducing Morten to the offshore wind developers and operators and leading supply chain companies in OrbisEnergy and in the wider region and will continue to work with their growing UK team as the business expands.”