Merseyside Energy Recovery (MER) – formerly SITA Sembcorp UK – has taken on 15 former steelworkers after Thai steel firm SSI announced the closure of its Redcar operations on Teesside in North East England.
The closure of the site, close to the Sembcorp operated Wilton International site, resulted in the immediate loss of more than 2,000 jobs and local firms were urged to help in recruiting skilled workers.
MER’s recruitment of 15 into its energy from waste business which will eventually employ 46 people, represents the largest number taken on by a single firm so far
Douglas Annan, Senior Vice President and Site Director of Sembcorp Utilities UK, who is also a director of Merseyside Energy Recovery, said: “It is important that all companies in the area play their part. Many of the people available have skills that are easily transferrable into the process industry.”
The MER plant, which will be operational in 2016, will utilise around 430,000 tonnes of residual domestic waste each year as a fuel to make enough electricity to power 63,000 households or provide 190 tonnes of steam an hour to process manufacturers. It will save around 127,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year compared with landfilling the waste.
The picture shows Left to right Andy Stokes, Project Director of the £250 million Merseyside Energy Recovery scheme with Jamie Templeton, Shift Manager, Ian Knight, Shift Production Manager and Sara Dowse, Maintenance Planner.