Scottish power boss takes top new job with rival wind developer as US giant tests world’s biggest turbine in UK

Stephen Rose
Stephen Rose

A senior Scottish power manager has been appointed to a new role as chief operating officer of a UK-wide wind power company.

Stephen Rose, head of wind operations for at Pearth-based utility SSE for the last three years and a Director of G+ –  the global offshore wind health and safety organisation – has moved to 3sun Group

As well as the company’s extensive offshore wind operations, Rose will head operations for 3sun’s oil and gas division RRC Controls, near Aberdeen, and its new bigger Denmark base in Esbjerg.

3sun Group currently employs 5% of all people working in offshore wind in the UK and has helped construct, maintain or inspected more than 70% of the UK’s offshore wind turbines.

Meanwhile, US industrial conglomerate General Electric is to test the world’s largest wind turbine in a five year deal for the 12 megawatt machine at a government agency facility in Northumberland.

Currently the most powerful offshore wind turbine operating commercially anywhere in the world is an 8.8MW machine.

A spokesman for the British Offshore Wind Industry Council, said: “This is exactly the sort of collaboration that will ensure we continue to build on our global leadership in offshore wind energy.

“This five-year research and development partnership will not only advance new technologies but also empower the UK supply chain including smaller SMEs to innovate and grow.

“Cutting edge innovation is a cornerstone of the ambitious sector deal which the industry aims to agree with government. It is truly driving our vision for 2030 of a globally leading supply chain, and generating a third of the country’s electricity from offshore wind”.

25 Apr 2018

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