Monday, November 4, 2013

News: SSE supporting local companies

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Around 70 local firms attended an event in Rotherham to find out more about contracts available in Yorkshire with SSE, one of the largest utilities companies in the UK.

They were able to register with a new Open4Business web portal which gives details of a wide range of opportunities with SSE and their sub-contractors – from steel flooring to catering, civil engineering to environmental projects.

SSE is the company behind the new waste treatment facility being built at Manvers for the BDR Waste Partnership, and Ferrybridge Power Station.

SSE Project Manager for O4B, Nolan Miller, said the aim was to support the economic development of the areas the company works in and encourage small and medium sized enterprises. "We want to know about all the different types of businesses available in this area so we can utilise the skills and expertise that are here on our doorstep rather than bringing them in from outside," he said.

SSE is the second largest energy supplier in the UK, with 9.5 million customers in the UK and Ireland.

The BDR waste treatment facility at Manvers is due to come on stream in 2015 to deal with leftover household waste from Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham.

Shanks Group plc, one of Europe's leading waste management businesses, joined in partnership with SSE (Scottish and Southern Energy plc) to progress plans to use three sites to treat waste with a new facility at Brookfield's Park, designed to create material suitable for recovery and recycling.

The facility would receive up to 265,000 tonnes per annum and treat leftover household waste from Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham. The three councils secured £77m through the Private Finance Initiative for the scheme and 3SE has signed a 25 year contract worth in excess of £750m with the councils for the treatment of black bag waste.

SSE Development and Stakeholder Manager, Dafydd Wynn, said that after treatment, around half of this waste-derived fuel would go to the Multifuel project at Ferrybridge to be used to generate electricity.

The O4B event was hosted by RiDO, the regeneration arm of ROtherham Council, and the BDR Waste Partnership, supported by business development officers from the three local authorities.

BDR website

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