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Costain Makes Senior Power Sector Appointment

30 April 2012

Costain has strengthened its Power Sector team with the appointment of Ian Graves as Director where he will be responsible for harnessing Costain’s collective expertise from across the Group for the benefit of its customers in the Power Sector.

Ian previously worked at Promanex, which Costain acquired in August 2011, and will lead all activity across the Group in the Power Sector, including Renewables, Transmission & Distribution and all aspects of Power Generation.

Reporting to Charles Sweeney, the Managing Director for Energy & Process, Charles said: “Ian brings with him a wealth of experience from across the industry in both the public and private sectors, and his drive and ambition strengthens our operation as we look to build on our presence in the Power Sector.”

Prior to joining Promanex, Ian held senior roles in Midlands Electricity, which is now part of Western Power, and E.ON, including positions in networks, generation and a secondment to Government at the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Ian’s appointment is in line with Costain’s Group strategy of Meeting National Needs, which aims to deliver a full-service offering to its customers, from front-end engineering consultancy and design, through construction to the care and maintenance of a customer’s assets.

Significant capital investment is needed in the power sector as the UK seeks to decarbonise its economy and ensure that capacity is available to help deliver future economic growth.

The Government's energy policy objectives are ambitious. In order to cater for increasing energy demand, achieve the decarbonisation of the electricity sector by 2030 and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050, the Department of Energy and Climate Change estimates that in excess of £100 billion needs to be invested in the energy sector by 2020.

Ian said: "I am delighted to be leading the Power team at such an interesting time for the industry. I am keen to accelerate the development of a broader range of Costain engineering solutions, as our customers seek to find partners capable of supporting them during the next phase of their investment programmes and beyond.”

Ian has an honours degree in electrical engineering from Sheffield University and is a Chartered Engineer. He is a Fellow of both the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). He is also an alumnus of Manchester Business School and Cranfield School of Management.