23 January 2020

SSE must commit to creating new Scottish jobs following redundancies at Peterhead Power Station, Scottish Labour has said.

The energy firm confirmed this afternoon that 11 of the gas-fired power station's 90 workers would be laid off, prompting concerns that the site is being wound down. In 2015 the UK Government scrapped a £1 billion carbon capture and storage competition for the power station.

Scottish Labour energy spokesperson Lewis Macdonald said: “The North East has been hit hard by job losses in the oil and gas industry in recent years, and unfortunately it seems as though this pattern is set to continue.

"Peterhead remains one of the most efficient gas-fired power stations, and should continue to generate electricity as long as gas remains part of the wider energy mix. Today’s job losses, however, are a sharp reminder of the insecurity of jobs in this sector.

“That is all the more reason why SSE should commit to creating new jobs on renewable energy projects, including the Seagreen windfarm off the coast of Angus."

Mr Macdonald also highlighted that contracts for green energy infrastructure have been awarded to companies abroad, leaving Scottish fabrication yards under continued threat.

“It is not enough to create on-shore jobs in operation and maintenance," Mr Macdonald added.

"SSE needs to ensure as much of the construction work as possible is done in Scotland, from building turbine blades and towers to the electrical systems infrastructure and marine installation.

“SSE has already announced that one of its major contracts for Seagreen is going to Petrofac, who seem likely to carry out their design work in India and their construction in the UAE.

"Scottish workers are willing and able to take on much of this work, and SSE must commit to their Scottish base by maximising Scottish jobs on the Seagreen project.”
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