Almost 30 local businesses have won contracts to help with the construction of an energy from waste (EfW) plant in Yorkshire, designed to process a range of waste materials.
The £300m Ferrybridge power station is being developed by Multifuel Energy, a joint venture of electricity provider SSE and Wheelabrator Technologies.
It is expected to be operational in 2015, when it will potentially use waste-derived fuels, biomass and waste wood to generate around 68MW of electricity.
The policy of using local suppliers where possible led to a ‘meet the buyer’ event in Castleford last summer, by main contractor Hitachi Zosen Inova and its civil engineering supplier Sisk, after which local firms secured work mainly in the construction process.
Multifuel Energy managing director Mark McCarthy said: “We are committed to sourcing local and regional suppliers at all stages of this multi-million pound project, which will create hundreds of jobs during its construction.”