Morrison hires wind & renewables veteran to spearhead expansion
Chet Morrison Contractors, LLC (Morrison), a leading energy service company for the oil and gas industry, announces the hiring of Kirk Meche as Director of Renewable Energy. With more than three decades of experience as a thought-leader in the energy industry, Meche is responsible for propelling expansion into the wind and renewables sector. Meche has gained national attention for his role in pioneering the entrance of oil and gas fabricators into the wind energy business.
Prior to joining the Morrison team, Meche worked for over 23 years at Gulf Island Fabrication, Inc. (Gulf Island), a fabricator of complex steel structures and modules to the industrial and energy sectors. A publicly-traded company with a rich history in oil and gas, Gulf Island was the fabricator for Block Island, the first wind farm to be established in the U.S. Meche served in multiple leadership roles at the company, including board member and President/CEO. Meche also serves as the Executive Consultant to the President of Nicholls State University.
“We are extremely proud to have Kirk join our team,” said CEO Chet Morrison. “His vast knowledge of the industry coupled with the strong relationships he has built amongst its key players make him an invaluable asset to oversee our growth in wind and renewables.”
Wind is the largest source of renewable power in the United States, with offshore energy pipeline development increasing 24% over the past year. Furthermore, the Biden Administration has also announced a goal to produce 30 gigawatts of offshore wind power by 2030. Morrison is committed to remaining an integral part of the supply chain to deliver alternative solutions for sustainable U.S. energy in the coming years.
Morrison has over 38 years of experience serving as a preferred contractor and fabricator for many leading energy companies, including Shell, Chevron, ExxonMobil, BP and others. With fabrication facilities in the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean, Morrison is well-positioned to fabricate substations, jackets and ancillary components for large-scale projects. As a highly experienced shallow water shore approach and onshore pipeline installation contractor, Morrison is pursuing opportunities to utilize its experience and proficiency in this area to perform cable lay from substations to the onshore power grid.
“We fully understand the necessity to obtain clean and affordable energy solutions,” said Meche. “Morrison is proud to be a part of these efforts and is eager to facilitate a better tomorrow for the future of our nation.”
Morrison has also joined the Business Network for Offshore Wind Development to further grow its presence in the industry. The Business Network for Offshore Wind is a nonprofit, educational organization with a mission to develop the offshore wind renewable energy industry and its supply chain. The goal of the supply chain is to create and sustain jobs to benefit local economies and ensure a cost-effective clean energy portfolio.