Position on Fife energy plant jobs made clear

Glenrothes paper mill Tullis Russell
Glenrothes paper mill Tullis Russell

THE man leading the building of a paper mill’s ‘green’ energy plant has clarified how local workers can apply for jobs, reports MIKE DELANEY.

Peter Wilson said potential staff should approach the main contractor direct to find out about posts which may be available at Tullis Russell’s under-construction biomass facility.

Energy firm RWE npower renewables was handed the site earmarked for the project last November.

With an output of 50MW, the plant will replace TR ‘s coal-fired power station and provide steam for paper-drying as well as electricity and is expected to begin operating late next year.

It will be the biggest of its kind in Scotland, is RWE npower renewable’s largest ever investment and received £8.1 million support via the Scottish Government’s regional selective assistance grant, established to support the creation of new jobs

TR claims the plant will reduce its carbon emissions by 250,000 tonnes and help safeguard its 540-strong workforce.

Fifty permanent jobs will be created once it is up and running, while there will be 400 in the construction phase.

Mr Wilson, RWE npower renewables project manager, said 238 staff were currently working on site.

He added: “There are 13 contractors, including ourselves and the biggest one is Carillion. It’s difficult for us to identify the Glenrothes-based staff, but we do know where the contractors are based.

“DPS are from Cardenden, for example, and Skene Group (who are from Glenrothes) are also involved, along with security staff, so there’s lots of local employment.”

Around 80 percent of the workers currently on site were from “central Scotland.”

He added that the original plan was to have advertised available posts through Jobcentre-Plus, but that had since changed and applications were, instead, being processed through the website of the main on-site contractor, Jacobs, which bills it as “one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of technical, professional, and construction services”.