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A GROUP of Fife experts in their fields” have “been appointed to run the biomass plant at Tullis Russell, proving the Kingdom’s skillbase is alive and kicking.

Following a recruitment campaign for the £200 million state of the art Biomass Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Plant at Tullis Russell, the four skilled locals have been appointed to positions that will be central to the running of the new facility, according to the company.

Earlier this year, RWE npower renewables which is in charge of running the project was criticised for not employing local people. Community members felt local workers were not benefitting from employment prospects and the mooted 400 jobs expected on the back of the biomass project.

But now local lady Susan Cruickshank from Markinch has been recruited to handle all the administration at the site. Susan has a wealth of experience delivering administrative support for local authorities throughout Scotland and will be responsible for delivering this function at the plant.

Colin Ewing of Auchtertool and Douglas Penman from Dunfermline, both previously worked for Scottish and Southern Energy at the Fife Power Station and, with nearly 20 years experience between them, are highly skilled in the power generation business. Colin and Douglas have both been appointed as Site Operations Technicians for the plant which is due to be completed around December 2012 and fully operational by early 2013.

The fourth recruit is Steven Weild from Kennoway, who has 15 years experience in the chemicals industry. Previously working with Silberline Limited as a Senior Process and Technical Development Technician, Steven will work closely with Colin and Douglas to ensure the smooth running of the plant.

The new recruits will be central to the running of the new plant which will provide Tullis Russell with steam and electricity, safeguarding hundreds of jobs while reducing the papermill’s CO2 emissions by around 250,000 tonnes each year.

Ian Gaunt, Plant Manager, from RWE npower renewables said: “We are delighted to welcome the highly specialised new members of the team who will be contributing significantly to the successful operation of the plant. The Markinch Biomass CHP Plant will create in the region of thirty operational positions including roles for mechanical, electrical and instrumentation technicians and we will be continuing to advertise vacancies as they arise through the local press.”

At its height, 400 jobs will be created during the construction of the plant and those who would like to be considered for construction vacancies are invited to send CVs for consideration to Darren Gibson, Manager of Recruitment, Aker Advantage, Phoenix House, 3 Surtrees Way, Surtrees Business Park, Stockton on Tees darren.gibson@akersolutions.com.

RWE npower renewables’ sister organisation RWE npower O&M Services are responsible for the recruitment and employment of the four new employees.

RWE npower renewables is the UK subsidiary of RWE Innogy and is one of the UK’s leading renewable energy developers and operators, committed to developing and operating wind farms and hydro plant to produce sustainable electricity. The company operates 19 hydroelectric power projects and 26 wind farms in the UK, including the country’s first major offshore wind farm, North Hoyle. RWE npower renewables is also working with marine energy technology partners to deliver new wave and tidal stream power projects in the UK. Through our existing projects and those in development, we are working in close partnership with communities and companies throughout the UK. As Government policy drives the UK towards a target of supplying 15% of electricity from renewables by 2015, we will be at the forefront of realising this aim.

In Scotland, RWE npower renewables operates 12 hydroelectric projects with a further one currently under construction. In addition, the company is currently building a new onshore wind farm called Novar 2, South of Inverness. When completed, this will boost the total number of projects in RWE npower renewables’ Scottish wind portfolio to ten.

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