A FAMILY-RUN engineer has strengthened its offshore energy sector presence with new contracts.

Francis Brown Limited has deals to supply wind farm boat landing and cable handling equipment.

Based in Stockton, the business is working with fabricator BiFab on the former arrangement, with the latter being carried out alongside subsea operator SMD.

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The deals come just weeks after Francis Brown worked with Ecosse Subsea Systems to make and install a huge carousel for the storage of spare wind farm cabling.

Jamie Brown, chief executive, said the contracts represent a further fillip for the firm, which was founded in 1903 as a wire trap and soil sieve shop.

However, he added they are reflective of the opportunities available for companies across the region, with new findings showing offshore wind is expected to account for ten per cent of the UK’s electricity mix by 2021.

“The North-East is a hub of engineering and manufacturing excellence and the capabilities we have in the region are phenomenal,” said Mr Brown, who is also a board member at support organisation NOF Energy.

“With impending offshore wind projects, such as Dogger Bank, we need to fly the flag for the region and showcase we really are a force to be reckoned with.

“With a combination of experience, expertise and access to the latest technologies, the region can support the groundbreaking offshore wind projects that will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of energy in the UK.”

The company’s successes come after Mr Brown told The Northern Echo it had diversified further into renewable energy to overcome the oil and gas sector slowdown.

Reiterating how the move has paid dividends, he said the focus was now on securing further contracts.

“We have always diversified across a range of sectors and believe we have a strong track record of identifying new opportunities,” said Mr Brown.

“As such, through already securing and successfully delivering a string of contracts for the offshore wind sector, we want to continue to win work alongside other companies in the region.”