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ends” said Peter Leupp, head of ABB's Power Systems division.


ABB will design, engineer, supply and commission two 700 MW, ±300 kV (kilovolt) converter stations using ABB’s HVDC Light technology, one in Nybro, Sweden, the other in Klaipeda, Lithuania. The order also includes the supply and installation of two 300 kV underwater cables, each 400 km long, and land cables of the same voltage in Sweden and Lithuania.


The system incorporates special features such as active AC voltage support providing greater network stability and black-start capability providing faster grid restoration after a blackout. The system is capable of being integrated into a future pan- European grid with the evolution of the DC grid concept, under discussion around the world.


The project will be supported by European Union funding and is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015. The Estonia-Finland Estlink, delivered by ABB in 2006 was the first interconnection, integrating the Nordic and Baltic energy markets.


HVDC Light technology offers several environmental benefits, such as neutral electromagnetic fields, oil-free cables and compact converter stations. It is the ideal solution to connect remote power sources like renewables to mainland networks, overcoming distance limitations and grid constraints, while ensuring robust performance and minimal electrical losses.


ABB Group www.abb.co.uk


Barlow, one of the founders of Power Technologies International's European office in 1990, brings more than 35 years of industry experience to S&C.


"S&C is driving innovative solutions for the world's power grids," said Barlow. "I look forward to developing new S&C solutions that will help Europe build a more intelligent grid."


S & C Electric www.sandc.com


Scotland-based Dawson Energy, which also has offices at Orbis Energy, Lowestoft, and in Bergen, is one of the country’s leading providers of technicians to install and service wind turbines. It also supports the hydro power sector.


Dawson’s 70 full-time staff will be added into the 3sun group - which itself employs around 20 personnel - with founder and owner Willie Dawson having a key role as Operations Director (pictured right).


3SUN’S FIRST ACQUISITION SHOULD TREBLE TURNOVER


UK controls company 3sun has acquired a 75 percent shareholding in Dawson Energy as it chases more business in the renewables industry. It is the first acquisition of the Great Yarmouth based company, launched in 2008, and is projected - along with the organic growth of its core business - to treble group turnover to £10m in the coming year.


3sun’s lead financial advice in the deal came from Jon Dodge of JDC Corporate Finance.


“The acquisition is part of our strategic plan to take 3sun further into the vibrant renewable sector as well as growing organically in our core oil and gas operations,” said 3sun director Graham Hacon (pictured left).


“Renewables have an ever-growing footprint in the energy industry and there will be a big demand for skilled technicians in the East of England. It’s an area which complements our core work and existing skills set.


“The two companies have worked on the same projects before, and their main client was happy to see the acquisition progress.


“It brings together our offshore project management and logistical expertise with Dawson’s specific skills in renewables.”


3sun marketing and PR representative Lori-Ann Fleming added: “Some of the world’s biggest wind farms are to be built on our doorstep and our extensive research shows that there will be a tremendous gap in the market which 3sun Group can help fill.”


After a year of consolidation, the Norfolk company is looking at other acquisitions in the near future to extend its operations.


Mr Dawson said the link with 3sun was the next step in the development of a company he founded as a one-man business in Oban nine years ago.


“I am 100pc committed to it and will be fully engaged in the group afterwards, focused on


meeting customers’ expectations to the highest standards.” he said.


3sun will continue to operate from its Beacon Innovation Centre headquarters with a manufacturing unit at nearby Harfreys estate. The group will comprise: 3sun Controls for its oil and gas business, 3sun Renewables for project management and Dawson Energy as the technician supply arm.


3sun Group www.3sungroup.co.uk


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