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02/12/2019

Local Tradesmen To Deliver Lincolnshire Power Station

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Local construction workers are set to deliver a new north Lincolnshire power station despite growing concerns, it has been confirmed.

Reports surfaced that, despite promises of local labour, the Keadby 2 project near Scunthorpe would be completed by a Spanish workforce.

Contractors Seimens and Babcock Montajes confirmed local tradesmen would be called on for the work during a meeting with Unite.

The £350 million Keadby 2 power station is being delivered on behalf of Scottish energy firm SSE, with Spanish company Babcock Montajes brought onboard to construct the facility's boilers.

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Speaking following the meeting, Unite regional officer John McIntyre said: "Unite has received assurances that the promises to use local labour on the Keadby 2 project will be kept. The local area has its own supply of highly skilled and hard working tradespeople, so there no reason why they shouldn’t be used.

"We have been informed that local riggers will be taken on as early as December and that other tradespeople from the area, such as fitters and platers, will be begin to be employed after the new year. 

"At present, there is no reason to believe that the pledges we have received from Seimens and Babcock Montajes will not be honoured.

"Should the situation change, however, Unite will do everything in its power to ensure these commitments are upheld."

(CM/MH)

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