Jobs bonanza forecast at waste-to-energy plant

First published in Business News The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author by

NORTH-EAST construction workers are expected to play a big part in building the world’s largest waste-to-energy plant, it has been confirmed.

US company Air Products has awarded the site preparation contract for its new Billingham advanced gasification plant to Tolent Construction, of Thornaby, near Stockton.

Tolent will be responsible for recruiting civil engineering specialists to prepare the land and work on areas such as reinforcement, concrete supply and underground piping.

The move is expected to offer a welcome boost to the region’s building trade as Air Products’ has a policy of encouraging its contractors to hire locally wherever possible.

Its main employment contractor is Foster Wheeler Construction Management Personnel, which itself employs more than 50 people in the North-East.

The building of Air Products’ facility, which will be the first of its kind in the UK when it starts production next year, is expected to create up to 700 construction jobs in the year ahead.

“Air Products has been working on Teesside for many years and we appreciate the level of skilled, professional people in the region such as those working for Tolent,”

said David J Taylor, vice-president of Air Products Energy Business. “We are pleased to be able to show how projects such as ours can help maintain and support a strong local economy while also helping the region reach renewable energy and environmental targets.”

The facility in Billingham – one of two that Air Products is building in this area – will be the largest of its kind in the world with an approximate capacity of 50MW. It will burn up to 350,000 tonnes of rubbish, that would otherwise have been sent to landfill, to produce enough electricity to power up to 50,000 homes.

Air Products last year announced plans to build two renewable energy plants on reclaimed land next to the North Tees chemical complex.

The projects are part of a cluster of renewable energy plants planned for the region, which includes Teessidebased Scott Brothers Group’s proposed £75m Billingham Energy gasifier on the old ICI Billingham site at Haverton Hill.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree