Local jobs for local people - if we get the skills

An artists' impression of the proposed waste-to-jet fuel centre

An artists' impression of the proposed waste-to-jet fuel centre

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LOCAL jobs for local people will be the aim of the new bio jet fuel plant in the Thames Enterprise Park, councillors were told – but the population’s skills must improve first.

Andrew Owens, founder of Greenergy - which together with Vopak and Shell took over the Petroplus refinery in 2012 - made the comments at a meeting of the council’s ruling cabinet yesterday and argued more needed to be done to inspire young people to join industry as well as boost their skills.

He said: “One of the things we would like to do is integrate a little bit more with kids who are of a certain age and have a centre people can come and visit because industry is a mess.

“People don’t think it’s inspiring but that’s because they don’t come across it.

“Ships, for example, are the most epic thing ever and I decided I wanted to go into oil because of ships but, although we’ve got the third biggest port in Europe, people think we’re closed.

“Getting across to people that commercial activities are going on is very important.”

However, he added many local people interviewed by his company fell at the first hurdle, lacking interview skills even when they met the skills for the job.

He said: “When we interview people the hardest thing is getting through the first ten minutes.

“My assistant tells me that it’s because, while when we were young if you wanted to watch something and it was on at 7pm, you had to be there at 7pm or you couldn’t watch it.

"These days because everything’s on iPlayer, young people are used to getting things when they want them and, if the interview’s at 4.10pm, they don’t consider 4.10pm to be a particularly important time.

“They show up ten minutes late and it doesn’t occur to them to show up five minutes early.”

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1:25pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Ed Woods says...

there will be 575,000 tonnes of rubbish transported to this site to be converted into 120,000 tonnes of fuel.

This could mean 35,000 lorry movements up and down the Manorway with waste lorries driving to and from the site and tankers driving to and from the site with the fuel. This is assuming the waste will be driven to the site unless barges will share the superport site delivering waste? The Manorway will become increasingly busy with port traffic as the port expands and grows and now there is the potential of 35,000 more yearly lorry movements making this road, the A13 and M25 even busier.

And what will happen to the waste by products? 575,000 tonnes of household waste is being taken to the site to create 120,000 tonnes of fuel leaving 455,000 tonnes of waste by-product unaccounted for.

Will this 455,000 tonnes of by-product be taken to landfill or incinerated on the site?

If it is to be incinerated on the site does this mean this new plant is nothing more than a massive waste incinerator sitting on Stanford-le-Hope and Corringham residents doorstep masquerading as a green fuel plant?

There are already claims of 1000 jobs – although 850 of these are in the construction of the plant and only 150 permanent jobs at the site – yet nothing about the traffic impact or what will be done with the waste by-products.

There are lots of unanswered questions and concerns for local residents still to be addressed.
there will be 575,000 tonnes of rubbish transported to this site to be converted into 120,000 tonnes of fuel. This could mean 35,000 lorry movements up and down the Manorway with waste lorries driving to and from the site and tankers driving to and from the site with the fuel. This is assuming the waste will be driven to the site unless barges will share the superport site delivering waste? The Manorway will become increasingly busy with port traffic as the port expands and grows and now there is the potential of 35,000 more yearly lorry movements making this road, the A13 and M25 even busier. And what will happen to the waste by products? 575,000 tonnes of household waste is being taken to the site to create 120,000 tonnes of fuel leaving 455,000 tonnes of waste by-product unaccounted for. Will this 455,000 tonnes of by-product be taken to landfill or incinerated on the site? If it is to be incinerated on the site does this mean this new plant is nothing more than a massive waste incinerator sitting on Stanford-le-Hope and Corringham residents doorstep masquerading as a green fuel plant? There are already claims of 1000 jobs – although 850 of these are in the construction of the plant and only 150 permanent jobs at the site – yet nothing about the traffic impact or what will be done with the waste by-products. There are lots of unanswered questions and concerns for local residents still to be addressed. Ed Woods
  • Score: 14

1:34pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Marcus P says...

Are the youth of Essex really that bad? This seems like an excuse to bring in yet more cheap migrant labour.
Are the youth of Essex really that bad? This seems like an excuse to bring in yet more cheap migrant labour. Marcus P
  • Score: 13

8:24am Sat 5 Jul 14

Ed Woods says...

The more you look at these plans the more you have to ask yourself Is it nothing more than a waste incinerator with a few ‘green’ processes added?

Local Authorities realise that waste incinerators are controversial and the public don't want them in their backyard. By dressing them up as ‘green electricity generators’ or ‘green fuel plants’ they hope communities can be hoodwinked and sleepwalk into having a waste incinerator on their doorstep.

Yes it is amazing that 120,000 tonnes of fuel can be extracted from 575,000 tonnes of landfill waste but will this so called green company then burn 455,000 tonnes of landfill waste to generate electricity.

In Norfolk there was almost universal opposition to a waste incinerator half the size of what appears to being proposed here? http://www.klwin.com
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There is some very slick and professional PR here yet not a word on what happens to the remaining waste.

Are residents about to find themselves with a massive waste incinerator on their doorstep fully supported by the Labour led Council?

Will the GreenSky project come clean with residents that they will be incinerating the 455,000 tonnes of waste leftover?

I think residents should be told.
The more you look at these plans the more you have to ask yourself Is it nothing more than a waste incinerator with a few ‘green’ processes added? Local Authorities realise that waste incinerators are controversial and the public don't want them in their backyard. By dressing them up as ‘green electricity generators’ or ‘green fuel plants’ they hope communities can be hoodwinked and sleepwalk into having a waste incinerator on their doorstep. Yes it is amazing that 120,000 tonnes of fuel can be extracted from 575,000 tonnes of landfill waste but will this so called green company then burn 455,000 tonnes of landfill waste to generate electricity. In Norfolk there was almost universal opposition to a waste incinerator half the size of what appears to being proposed here? http://www.klwin.com / There is some very slick and professional PR here yet not a word on what happens to the remaining waste. Are residents about to find themselves with a massive waste incinerator on their doorstep fully supported by the Labour led Council? Will the GreenSky project come clean with residents that they will be incinerating the 455,000 tonnes of waste leftover? I think residents should be told. Ed Woods
  • Score: 3

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