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Amec, which has a base in Darlington, to work on Copper Mountain Solar project
AN international engineering company, which wants to recruit 40 workers to make its North-East base a leader in global operations, has secured a contract to build a multi-million pound solar system.
Amec, which aims to develop its 120-strong engineering team in Darlington, has signed a deal with Sempra US Gas and Power to design and construct its 250-megawatt Copper Mountain Solar Three project, near Las Vegas.
The scheme, which will support 300 construction jobs and create 12 permanent posts, is part of one of the largest solar plants in the US, with bosses claiming it will provide enough electricity to power 80,000 homes.
Amec, whose Lingfield Point site employs about 420 workers and manages recruitment for the group's entire European operations, said the deal reflected its ever-growing position in the global energy market.
Simon Naylor, Amec's Americas group president, said: “This contract fully supports our strategy to strengthen our focus on renewable and clean energy.”
The contract came as Amec revealed its half-year results, showing stable revenues at £1.9bn and operating cash flow at £56m, with a record order book of £3.9bn.
Samir Brikho, chief executive, said: “We have started the year solidly, have our record order book, and continue to see good demand for our services, despite some challenging markets.”
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