Contract extension boost for Great Yarmouth offshore firm 3sun Group

3sun Group technician preparing to go offshore

3sun Group technician preparing to go offshore - Credit: Archant

Great Yarmouth-based 3sun Group has secured a contract extension with Siemens to provide offshore wind turbine installation services in the UK until 2016.

The specialist provider of products and services to the global energy industry has been working with Siemens since 2009 on projects worth a total of £15m in the UK.

The two-year contract extension further underpins the relationship, and involves the company providing technicians for the offshore installation of Siemens turbines.

Andrew Elmes, renewables director of 3sun Group, said: 'This contract highlights our strong ties with Siemens. Renewal of this contract is in recognition of our complete service offering to the offshore wind industry, from inspection and installation to service and maintenance.'

He stressed it was the high standards of training and professionalism of their personnel which made them the preferred supplier to the market leader.

'We are currently supporting Siemens through the installation of the Gwynt y Mor project (off the north Wales coast), one of the largest wind farms in construction in the world and due to be completed this year, and DONG Energy's West of Duddon Sands (off the Cumbrian coast) which will be complete in 2015.'

3sun Group currently work with Siemens in the UK, Denmark and Germany, onshore and offshore, and has participated in some of the most notable projects in the industry such as Griffin Forest, Greater Gabbard and London Array, currently the world's largest offshore wind farm.

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Lee Andrews, head of Siemens UK site installation offshore, said: 'We are delighted to renew our turbine installation contract with 3sun.

'Together with Siemens own installation technicians, they supply some of the highest-quality and best trained and equipped technicians in the industry and they have repeatedly shown that they understand our expectations, our safety culture and our policies.'

Upcoming work includes the installation of 35 Siemens 6MW turbines in the North Sea on the Westermost Rough project, the first time that these turbines will be used on a commercial scale anywhere in the world.

Following six years of consistent growth, 3sun Group recently received a £10m investment from Business Growth Fund, the bank-backed independent company established to help Britain's growing businesses.

The investment will enable the group, which employs more than 300 staff including 170 highly trained turbine technicians offshore and onshore, to continue to expand its service and products offering worldwide.

<Blob> 3sun Group has been awarded full operator membership to International Rope Access Trade Association (IRATA). The accreditation certifies that the group's personnel have the required procedures, skills and techniques to safely work at height.

Graham Hacon, CEO of 3sun Group said: 'Securing full IRATA accreditation highlights the company's robust processes, practices and systems in place.'