Top business leader joins Able management team

One of the UK’s leading companies in the renewable energy, property development and marine decommissioning sectors has further strengthened its senior management team with the appointment of Steven Harrison as its group managing director.

Teesside-based Able Group founder and executive chairman Peter Stephenson said Mr Harrison’s appointment comes at “a hugely important and pivotal time for our business, with both of our key facilities on the Tees and the Humber playing central roles in delivering the government’s ambition for the UK to become the world leader in developing the offshore wind sector.”

Mr Harrison has held key posts in ports and mining businesses, including chief operating officer at the Port of Tyne in Newcastle, managing director of Durham-based Banks Mining and most recently overseeing Associated British Ports’ business in South Wales and the South-West of England.

Mr Stephenson said: “We are delighted that a senior business leader with such a track strong record of delivering success and growth in major companies will now be playing a key role in building on the success that we have achieved for many years across a range of challenging industrial sectors.

“Already we are at the cutting edge of offshore wind developments, with Able Seaton Port providing the installation facilities for five offshore wind farms including Triton Knoll and Dogger Bank.

“Crucially, we are now poised to move ahead with the development of the Able Marine Energy Park (AMEP) on the South Bank of the Humber which has been selected for support under the government’s Offshore Wind Manufacturing Investment Scheme, a key element in plans, announced by the prime minister, as part of the government’s plan for the UK to become the ‘Saudi Arabia of wind’.”

Mr Harrison added: “The Able Group has always demonstrated an impressive ability to innovate and exploit new business opportunities and this is exactly the approach we need as we meet the extensive challenges and needs of these new and exciting business sectors.

“As someone who has spent much of my working life in the North-East, I am delighted to have the opportunity to play a part in ensuring that the Able Group continues to move forward as one of the region’s real success stories – not least in playing its part in delivering the climate change agenda.”

The first phase of AMEP works will see the development of up to 217ha (536 acres) of land and the construction of 1,349m of heavy-duty, deep-water quays. It is anticipated that facilities for manufactures will be constructed, including potentially for the Korean steel producer SeAH who could develop the UK’s first major monopile production facility.

AMEP’s primary activities will cover the manufacture, storage and installation of offshore wind components within a new ‘world-scale’ industrial cluster.