Glenrothes biomass jobs offer is still on table - boss

Peter Wilson
Peter Wilson

Glenrothes workers have been told they will get a fair chance to bid for jobs on a multi-million pounds ‘green’ energy project, reports MIKE DELANEY

The company building a new power plant at Tullis Russell is about to launch the second phase of its recruitment campaign, which aims to hire 30 staff to operate the facility once it is up and running.

Mechanical, electrical and instrumentation workers are all being sought for the new posts, although vacancies in other areas are coming up on an intermittent basis.

Earlier this year, there was criticism that not enough local staff were being taken on at the site, something RWE npower renewables - which is building the biomass plant at a cost of £200 million - denied, pointing out that several Fife companies were sub-contracting.

Project manager, Peter Wilson, pictured, said: “In line with the highly-specialist nature of this build, we have a broad range of experts on site.

“Several contractors from Fife have been central to the work so far and many of the international contractors have brought in support from the local area.

“We will continue to advertise vacancies as they arise through the local press.”

He added: “The workforce will be peaking at 400 and at the moment there’s about 300, but the skills set changes as things move through the process, but it will be at its peak around June, or July next year.”

He said that all contractors on site had been signed-up to national agreements on pay and conditions, agreed between employers and trade unions and regular meetings were held between the two.

“The project is scheduled to be completed by quarter one of 2013 and, at the moment, we have estimated that we are about one-quarter to one-third of the way through on man-hours.”

The project has been fundedwith the help of £8m in assistance from the Scottish Government.

When completed, the plant will burn waste wood sourced from local suppliers like timber yards and building companies, material imported from further afield and some virgin wood supplied by a Forestry Commission supplier.

The wood will be brought in on lorries, 90 of which, once the plant is fully operational, will service the facility, running into the plant on a slip road from the A92.

The wood will be burnt to create heat and electricity which TR will use to replace its current coal and gas-fired boilers, while the surplus will be sold to the national grid.

The ‘green’ credentials of biomass pllants elsewhere have been criticised, but Mr Wilson insisted the local facility would be environmentally-friendly, adding: “Part of the conditions for this being accepted was satisfying the government what the C02 savings are.”

Although work has been ongoing at the site since November, people in the area are set to see the rise of what could become an iconic structure for the area in the next few weeks.

A crane is on site to help with the construction of a silver-coloured flue which will eventually reach a height of 75 metres.

Anyone interested in applying for vacancies should send CVs to: Darren Gibson, recruitment manager, Aker Advantage, Phoenix House, 3 Surtrees Way, Surtrees Business {ark, Stockton-on-Tees, England. E-mail: