Work contracts up for grabs with SSE

Reginald Ensor, who has tragically died following a collision in Rotherham.

Reginald Ensor, who has tragically died following a collision in Rotherham.

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The chance for businesses to bid for work contracts with SSE, the energy giant behind the new waste treatment plant project at Manvers, has been opened up.

Firms can express an interest in Yorkshire contracts with SSE, on a new Open4Business web portal which gives local companies details of contract opportunities, similar to a scheme used at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The proposed waste plant at Bolton Road, Manvers

The proposed waste plant at Bolton Road, Manvers

A free event in Rotherham on October 15th is for local firms to learn more about how the portal works and the contact opportunities that are available with SSE and local authorities.

SSE spends around £200 million per year in the North of England and is committed to helping small to medium enterprises in the areas in which it operates.

Its projects include the Manvers waste plant (right) for BDR Waste Partnership with Shanks, and Ferrybridge Multifuel Power Station, in partnership with Wheelabrator Technologies.

The free event later this month is hosted by Rotherham Investment and Development Office – the investment wing of Rotherham Borough Council – through the European Regional Development Fund, and the BDR Waste Partnership are supporting. It will be at the Holiday Inn Express at Manvers, and businesses wishing to attend should register as soon as possible on the website www.rido.org.uk/events/sse-o4b-event.

SSE Chief Executive, Alistair Phillips-Davies, said: “SSE is investing around £4 million a day in new energy infrastructure throughout the UK and we want to see real economic and social benefits flow to local businesses and communities as a result.”

RiDO Business Development Manager, Tim O’Connell, added: “We have high quality companies in the Rotherham area, and we’re pleased to be able to help them find potential future business opportunities.”

Building work at Bolton Road, Manvers, began a year ago. Construction is expected to take 28 months with completion scheduled for the end of next year. After a period of testing, the plant is due to become fully operational in spring 2015. The plant will handle up to 265,000 tonnes of waste.