ScottishPower has placed around £5 billion worth of contracts in the last two years as part of the company’s largest ever investment phase, supporting more than 80,000 jobs across their supply chain. In total, contracts have been placed with more than 3,500 suppliers.
Major projects currently being delivered by ScottishPower include the 714 megawatt (MW) East Anglia ONE offshore windfarm off the Suffolk coast. Onshore construction work is well underway, with offshore works anticipated to start early next year.
In September the company officially opened the 239 MW Kilgallioch Windfarm in south west of Scotland, signalling the completion of a £650 million investment scheme to build eight new onshore windfarms in Scotland, which can power around 280,000 homes.
Approximately £660 million is being spent this year alone to strengthen the network of cables, power lines and substations that keep the lights on for 3.5 million homes and businesses in Scotland, Merseyside and North Wales. ScottishPower has also now installed over 600,000 smart meters.
The companies who are helping to deliver a range of projects large and small across the UK attended a special event at ScottishPower’s new HQ in Glasgow last night (9th November). Those receiving recognition awards on the night included Liverpool-based SME, Warmer Energy Services, who will deliver £8m of energy efficiency measures for ScottishPower this year. Special recognition was also given to Forth Valley College, who have worked in partnership with ScottishPower’s Apprenticeship and Trainee programmes for four years. In that time, 140 apprentices have started their academic programme of study with a 95% success rate.
Keith Anderson, ScottishPower’s Chief Corporate Officer, said: “To deliver some of our most ambitious projects ever, we are working with a wide range of specialist companies, and supporting tens of thousands of jobs. From large multi-national organisations to small local businesses, each supplier provides a unique service that is critical to delivering our investment plans.
"It has been a year of uncertainty politically in the UK, with choppy waters still to be navigated in the years ahead. However, if the Government continues to provide stable regulation and presses ahead with the ambitious clean energy and industrial strategy policies, then companies like ScottishPower will continue to invest billions of pounds and support quality jobs."
ScottishPower gave out 16 special recognition awards in total to the companies and workers who have been helping to deliver the variety of upgrades and improvements across the UK.
The full list of winners was:
|Health & Safety
||John Marshall & Sons
|Delivery of Services
|Supply of Goods, Equipment or Materials
|Corporate support & IT
|Best Small or Medium Enterprise
||Warmer Energy Services
||Royal Haskoning DHV
|Corporate Social Responsibility
||Forth Valley College