Danish firm chooses Hull for its first UK base
DANISH OPENING: Ove Bolander Johansen, international key account manager at Scanel International, at the firm's new base in Hedon Road
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 31 Jul 2017
Major contract wins with energy giants in the Humber has prompted a Danish electrical firm to choose Hull for the opening of its first UK office.
Scanel International A/S provides design and engineering for electrical systems, equipment, installation, commissioning and services for the marine, offshore, oil, gas and wind industries.
The firm has now opened a base at One Business Village, in Hedon Road, after securing contracts with companies including Siemens and Dong Energy.
Ove Bolander Johansen, international key account manager at the company, said the new Hull office would bring the firm closer to its existing Humber-based projects while putting it in prime position to win further offshore wind work.
He said: “We tested the water with a satellite office in Billingham, but found Hull to be the perfect location for our first fixed base, as it is right on the Humber, at the heart of the UK’s emerging offshore wind sector.
“It’s also equidistant to Lowestoft and the wind farms off the east coast, and Newcastle and Scotland. We’re also carrying out work at Hornsea Project One, which is a large project for us, so it’s great to be so close.”
The relocation and investment has been assisted by the Green Port Growth Programme, a £25.7m investment programme designed to capitalise on renewable opportunities and help Humber-based firms to grow.
Supported by the Regional Growth Fund (RGF), the programme is administered by East Riding and Hull City Councils and offers ongoing support to help local businesses recognise and embrace renewables opportunities.
One Scanel International employee will be based in Hull initially, with plans to expand the team once more UK contracts are secured.
Tim Rix, chairman of the Green Port Growth Programme, said: “The offshore wind market has been established in Denmark for some time, so companies like Scanel International have expertise that can support our local supply chain and the developing UK wind industry.
“Scanel International has secured contracts to work on pre-assembly sites here, and sees the potential to grow its business in the UK, and we are delighted they’ve chosen Hull as a location for its first permanent base in the UK.”
Leader of Hull City Council, Councillor Stephen Brady, said: “I am delighted that Scanel has chosen Hull as its UK base, and it is testament to the fantastic work that has taken place by Green Port Hull.
“It is another vote of confidence in Hull and the Humber as we continue our ambition to be a world-class centre for renewable energy.”