Power plant generates new jobs

SCOTTISH and Southern Energy expects its new Yorkshire power station to create 100 full-time jobs when it opens in 2015.

The company also forecasts the building work will employ 300 people with construction due to start in October next year.

Ministers gave the go-ahead yesterday to the £250m plant which will be built at the company’s existing Ferrybridge site and operated by its SSE Generation business.

SSE director of thermal development Rhys Stanwix said: “This multi-fuel CHP plant will be an innovative addition to our generating portfolio and will make an important contribution to ensuring secure energy supplies.
“It will also create approximately 100 full time jobs throughout its operation and its construction will create 300 jobs on site over the next 3 years. These jobs, along with the additional considerable opportunities for local services and the local community enhancement work we are doing as part of the development will make a substantial contribution to the local area.”

The new power station will use a range of fuels including biomass, household waste and used wood.

SSE said the new plant would not replace the 1,000MW of coal capacity that will close at Ferrybridge in 2015 and it had yet to make a decision about the future of the power station.