How £350m power station investment could lead to jobs boom and boost for local businesses

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 1 Jun 2018

A huge £350 million investment at a new power station has been hailed as a vote of confidence in North Lincolnshire – and local businesses are set to benefit.

Energy firm SSE has announced the investment in state-of-the-art technology at its Keadby 2 plant, where construction work is expected to begin in the coming weeks.

Bosses say it will be the most efficient power station on the UK network after SSE formed a unique partnership with technology provider Siemens.

It means the combined cycle gas turbine power station will use first-of-its-kind, high-efficiency gas-fired generation technology.

North Lincolnshire Council leader Rob Waltham said: "It is a vote of confidence in North Lincolnshire.

"We are going to work with SSE to encourage local businesses to be able to tender in for work.

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"We will be holding a supplier fair to encourage local businesses to bid for some of the work that will be going on. Some of it will be contract work, so it will have a positive impact on local pubs and hotels and will be a significant boost for the local economy.

"I have met with SSE a couple of times about this and it is a significant boost because we know it will bring a lot of jobs and have an impact on other local businesses, which will be able to supply some of the materials."

The entrance to SSE's existing Keadby Power Station site. The firm has announced a £350 million investment in technology for its new Keadby 2 power station (Image: David Haber)

The Keadby 2 project was first given planning permission in 1993 and will sit alongside SSE’s existing gas-fired Keadby Power Station. Construction of it is expected to take around three-and-a-half years.

Once operational, the new power station will be capable of generating up to 840MW of electricity – enough to power thousands of homes.

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Councillor John Briggs, an Axholme North ward member on North Lincolnshire Council, had already said he would promote the use of a local workforce during the construction and future operations of the power station.

He also said he would encourage the use of local steel and contractors during the building of the facility.

Charlie Cryans, director of construction for SSE, said the investment in the technology was a signal of the company’s commitment to the area.

He said: "We are delighted to be able to work with Siemens to deliver this industry leading project.

"An investment of this size shows SSE’s commitment to the North Lincolnshire area and we are keen to work with local stakeholders to maximise opportunities where possible."

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