Scottish wind power pioneer Willie Dawson has been appointed new business development director of 3sun Group – the company that acquired his Business – Dawson Energy in 2010 – with a wide-reaching brief across all its six divisions.
When Willie sold Dawson Energy to Great Yarmouth-based 3sun Group seven years ago it had 70 employees. In 2013, when he sold his final 25% shares to the group, there were 151 employees: 3sun Group’s six divisions are
- 3sun Ltd, providing operations and maintenance and rope access
- 3sun Inspection Services
- Dawson Energy turbine installation services
- 3sun Academy specialist training for energy, construction, engineering and manufacturing industries
- RRC Controls Services providing topside and subsea products and services to the oil & gas sector
- and other onshore and offshore workscopes,
- 3sun Denmark ApS supplying on and offshore wind turbine technicians in Denmark.
“The time is now right for me to take a more prominent and wider role in the group and come to the front line after a few years in a support role as the company’s technical authority,” said Dawson.
“For 3sun, the industry is vibrant. The cost of offshore wind is falling dramatically, which is encouraging more investors into the industry and means more activity in the offshore sector in the North Sea for years to come for companies like 3sun that are very established players in the supply chain.
“We will be facing increased competition but our track record indicates we have a reputation and maturity which means we are well positioned for the future.”
Growth plans for the fast-expanding 3sun Group include developing wider service packages, exploring new niche markets and partnering with other suppliers, building on its global reputation for supplying highly-skilled technicians to wind farm projects and building long term relationships with clients.
Dawson, 48, started in onshore wind during its early development, with Dawson Energy transitioning to offshore wind. Some technicians have been with him since he started in Scotland.
He said: “Within 3sun Group, we have continued to be what we always were – a supplier of specialist onshore and offshore installation and O&M services that puts our customers at the heart of our business. We are very much a people business.
“We can offer a much broader package, handling all aspects of work. 3sun Inspection Services is very strong and we can train customers and staff as well through the 3sun Academy.
“3sun Group offers multiple scopes of services. For example, between the Rampion and Galloper offshore wind farm contracts we are doing the whole range of 3sun Group services. On Rampion, we are supplying three or four scopes of work, including offshore installation, bolt tensioning on the transition pieces and inspection services.
“Meanwhile, for Galloper Offshore Wind Farm, we are completing pre-assembly, a part of our offer we are not doing on Rampion.”
Dawson said his style was to spend time “on the shop floor.” He added: “It’s important to me that I am on site talking to technicians and customers, discussing solutions and operations.
“It takes years to build up a network of contacts, which is a platform for opening doors. Now I can use them to good effect again, not just for Dawson Energy, but across the whole 3sun Group.”