3Sun Group boss will chair new energy group dedicated to offshore wind in East Anglia

Graham Hacon of 3sun.

Graham Hacon of 3sun. - Credit: Archant

A new specialist group is to be set up to encourage businesses to make the most of opportunities presented by multi-billion pound offshore wind developments.

The offshore wind supply chain special interest group (SIG) has been set up by the East of England Energy Group (EEEGR) with the aim of tackling industry issues and encouraging companies to work together.

Graham Hacon, chief executive of Great Yarmouth-based energy services company 3sun Group, will chair the new body, with about 10 other companies specialising in the offshore wind industry also involved.

It comes just weeks after Mr Hacon, who also sits on the EEEGR board, called for a more joined up strategy to ensure the region did not let the benefits of the booming offshore wind industry slip through its fingers.

He said: 'Times are tough in the industry right now but there is a real opportunity in offshore wind, with more projects on the horizon.

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'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 establishing of the offshore wind SIG follows the success of the Late Life and Decommissioning SIG, which has been running for three years.

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Simon Gray, chief executive of EEEGR, said: '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.'

3sun Group provides products and services to the global energy industry, and employs 260 people. It has diversified significantly since the global downturn in oil and gas prices increased pressures in the sector, with offshore wind now accounting for 95% of its business activity.

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