Rapidly expanding OCU Group acquires another firm


Utility and energy engineering services contractor, OCU Group, has acquired electrical engineering specialist, Hornbill Group, and its subsidiaries for an undisclosed sum. 

Credit: OCU Group and Hornbill Group.

Neath-headquartered Hornbill specialises in the design and build of electrical infrastructure for high-voltage (HV) and low-voltage (LV) renewable energy projects. 

It acts as an Independent Connection Provider (ICP), operating across power, water, gas, renewables, metals, and chemicals sectors. 

Hornbill, accredited by the National Electricity Registration Scheme, will form part of OCU’s Energy Services division, which focuses on engineered power system network solutions to deliver renewable energy and decarbonisation infrastructure, in support of the UK Government’s ambition of achieving net zero by 2050. 

As part of the arrangement, Hornbill will be renamed OCU Hornbill. 

The deal marks Stockport-based OCU’s eighth acquisition in 18 months and its fourth to its Energy Services division. 

Its recent acquisitions to the division include Andrews Associates, a power systems design and engineering service; Modus, a specialist in building complex power networks and substations; and Integrum, a specialist in HV power transmission and distribution engineering.   

These acquisitions are helping to position OCU’s Energy Services division as “one of the leading contractors of choice” as the UK transitions to a zero-carbon economy, it said. 

“Acquiring Hornbill not only strengthens our presence across South Wales and the Southwest but also opens doors within this region, aligning with our long-term growth strategy,” said Michael Hughes, chief executive officer of OCU Group.  

He added: “This acquisition will also play a significant role in expanding our portfolio of renewable energy infrastructure, furthering our commitment to sustainability.” 

In August 2022, OCU was acquired by Triton Partners, one of Europe’s leading investment firms. 

To read more about OCU, click here. 

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