Air Products, the company behind two major energy plants on the Tees Valley Enterprise Zone, has announced it is recruiting for more than 50 jobs.
The US company is building the UK’s largest power plant of its kind at the New Energy and Technology Business Park, Billingham – and an identical second plant next-door.
Around 800 people are working on the final construction phase of the first facility (TV1).
Construction on TV2 started earlier this year and currently supports 120 jobs – and now the company wants to find 50 full-time staff including senior engineers, plant operators, maintenance workers and administrators.
Certain roles, such as Instrument Technicians and Controls Engineers, will be filled immediately, according to bosses – while the remainder of the positions will be added gradually over several months.
TV2 will convert pre-processed household, commercial and industrial waste – which would otherwise be destined for landfill – into enough green energy to power the equivalent of 50,000 homes.
Every year, up to 350,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste will be diverted from landfill for energy generation.
Andrew Connolly, Air Products’ Plant Manager of the Tees Valley Renewable Energy Facility, said: “As we did with TV1, we are looking to recruit from Teesside primarily, although we may need to recruit people from outside the region to fill certain positions.
“There’s a mix of skilled and semi-skilled jobs on offer, and the chance to build a long-term career within an international well recognised company.
“Once Tees Valley 2 enters commercial operation, the projects will have created over 1500 jobs in the region and Air Products will have invested significant resources into the local economy.”
Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, Councillor Mike Smith, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for local people to gain employment and yet another boost for our local economy.
“It is also really encouraging to see that Air Products is continuing to take advantage of the many skills our local workforce has to offer and recognises that Stockton Borough and the Tees Valley Enterprise Zone is a great place to do business.”
The company recently signed a landmark deal for the UK Government to buy the plant’s power output, via the Cabinet Office.
The Cabinet Office’s energy contract with Air Products is part of the Government’s “Energy for Growth” program and will meet 2% of the Government’s overall energy consumption.
This story and accompanying image reproduced courtesy of The Gazette, Middlesbrough. Originally published on 30.07.2014.