‘East coast becoming core area for windfarm development’
PUBLISHED: 13:04 03 September 2014 | UPDATED: 13:04 03 September 2014
2013 Roy Jarman
A new windfarm contract for offshore equipment supplier OAASIS Group has underscored the East Coast’s growing status as a “core area for renewable energy development”, according to the company’s business development manager Lee Sparkes.
A new windfarm contract for offshore equipment supplier OAASIS Group has underscored the East Coast’s growing status as a “core area for renewable energy development”.
The company, which moved on to its large site in Gapton Hall Road, Great Yarmouth, two years ago, has secured a three-year agreement to supply personal protection equipment (PPE) to Norwegian energy firm Statkraft.
OAASIS will kit out operations and maintenance staff working on the Sheringham Shoal Offshore windfarm, partly owned by Statkraft, with offshore workwear, safety footwear, working at height equipment and other PPE.
The new contract is OAASIS’s fourth with site operators on the east coast following work at Greater Gabbard, Humber Gateway and Yarmouth’s Scroby Sands with further discussions on-going with other sites.
Mr Sparkes said: “We are pleased to announce this contract win with such a prestigious company. It proves that we have maintained our high standards, specialist supply solutions and dedicated customer service to the sector.”
He said since its formation in 2010 - the result of an amalgamation of three local companies - OAASIS Group had become one of the UK’s leading independent suppliers of equipment to the offshore sector.
He said: “There are two main areas of our business, supplying PPE and maintenance, repair and operational equipment (MRO).
Oil and gas remains the biggest part of our business, alongside marine and engineering industries, but offshore wind is rapidly becoming one of our key areas; we have become a supplier to a lot of wind energy sites on the continent, in such countries as Germany, as well as the UK.”
They had forged partnerships with other local firms, including 3sun and Seajacks, and Yarmouth and Lowestoft were rapidly becoming the centres for offshore wind development.
The growth of OAASIS had seen staff numbers at its Yarmouth HQ grow from 40 to 60 in two years and new positions - from warehouse and admin staff to web team members - were currently being advertised.
He said: “We are looking to build a team of external sales reps, which we have never had before, to get people out there and see customers more.”
Their expansion had led them to buying a new site in Lowestoft and plans were in motion to extend their Yarmouth offices, creating more warehouse and office space and a smart new shop.
OAASIS also has a base in Aberdeen and works with partners in Ghana, Nigeria, Singapore and Azerbaijan.