July 29, 2014 Teeside, UK
More than 50 new jobs are being advertised by Air Products for its Tees Valley Renewable Energy facility (Tees Valley 2), located in the New Energy and Technology Business Park, near Billingham, Teesside. The full-time and permanent jobs on offer at Tees Valley 2 include senior engineering roles, plant operation, maintenance and administrative positions.
Air Products is using a range of channels to advertise the positions including a dedicated careers website (http://teesvalleyjobs.airproducts.co.uk) and online recruitment websites such as www.totaljobs.com.
Certain roles such as Instrument Technicians and Controls Engineers, will be filled immediately. The remainder of the positions will be added gradually over the next several months.
Construction on the Tees Valley 2 renewable energy facility started earlier this year and currently supports 120 jobs. It is expected to come on-stream in 2016. The facility is located on land next to the Tees Valley 1 (TV1) facility, where 800 people are currently working on the final construction phase.
Tees Valley 2 will convert pre-processed municipal, commercial and industrial waste - otherwise destined for landfill - into reliable, renewable power equivalent to the needs of 50,000 homes in the North East. Every year, up to 350,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste will be diverted from landfill for energy generation. Alongside Tees Valley 1, it’s the largest energy plant of its type to be built in the UK.
Andrew Connolly, Air Products’ Plant Manager of the Tees Valley Renewable Energy Facility, said: “As we did with Tees Valley 1, we are looking to recruit from Teesside primarily, although we may need to recruit people from outside the region to fill certain positions. There’s a mix of skilled and semi-skilled jobs on offer, and the chance to build a long-term career within an international well recognised company.”
Connolly added: “Once Tees Valley 2 enters commercial operation, the projects will have created over 1500 jobs in the region and Air Products will have invested significant resources into the local economy.”
Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, Councillor Mike Smith, said: “I’m delighted that Air Products is moving forward with its second facility and is starting to recruit. It is an excellent opportunity for local people to gain employment and yet another boost for our local economy. It is also really encouraging to see that Air Products is continuing to take advantage of the many skills our local workforce has to offer and recognises that Stockton Borough and the Tees Valley Enterprise Zone is a great place to do business.”
In a landmark deal, and marked by a visit to the Tees Valley 2 site by Rt Hon Francis Maude MP in April, the British Government via the Cabinet Office will purchase the plant’s power output. The Cabinet Office’s energy contract with Air Products is part of the Government’s “Energy for Growth” program and will meet 2% of the Government's overall energy consumption.
On his visit, Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude said: “this project demonstrates that the UK is an excellent market for investing in innovative new technology. Importantly, the Air Products project provides a solution to the UK’s waste management challenge whilst strengthening the country’s energy security.”
NOTES TO EDITORS:
More information about Air Products, the project and the technology:
1. Further details on the Air Products Tees Valley sites can be found here: www.airproducts.co.uk/teesvalley
2. Advanced gasification is a type of advanced conversion technology (ACT), an innovative carbon‐lean process involving efficient, high‐temperature conversion of waste to renewable, base‐load electricity. It offers a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to traditional waste treatment options. A non-hazardous solid by-product is also produced which could potentially be beneficially used in the manufacture of other products such as floor tiles, insulation, landscaping blocks or road aggregate.
3. Air Products (www.airproducts.co.uk) (NYSE:APD) provides atmospheric, process and specialty gases; performance materials; equipment; and technology. For over 70 years, the company has enabled customers to become more productive, energy efficient and sustainable. Recognized as one of the world’s most innovative companies by both Thomson Reuters and Forbes magazine, 21,000 employees in over 50 countries supply effective solutions to the energy, environment and emerging markets. These include semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, coal gasification, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. In fiscal 2013, Air Products had sales of $10.2 billion. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com.
Note: This release may contain forward-looking statements within the safe harbour provisions of the (US) Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s reasonable expectations and assumptions as of the date of this release regarding important risk factors. Actual performance and financial results may differ materially from projections and estimates expressed in the forward-looking statements because of many factors not anticipated by management, including risk factors described in the Company’s Form 10K for its fiscal year ended September 30, 2013.
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