Esh Construction completes £8.4m IAMP scheme first phase
Esh Construction, the UK-based construction and built environment group of companies operating across Northern England and Yorkshire, has completed the first phase of infrastructure works on the £8.4 million International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP) scheme.
The works, which started in February 2019 on the 150-hectare International Advanced Manufacturing Park, have been delivered by Esh’s civil engineering division. The project is one of the largest live schemes in the country, spanning a total of 370 acres. It is expected to create more than 7,000 new jobs over the next 10-15 years.
The £8.4 million contract included the construction of a 1,500-metre highway with two access points, along with the installation of pathways, kerbing, traffic signals, associated telecoms, utilities, amongst other work. Bulk earthworks, drainage, landscaping, and environmental mitigation works were also carried out, with four attenuation ponds and a substation engineered platform being created as well.
“IAMP is a huge investment by two local authorities which will deliver a world-class destination for advanced manufacturing and create thousands of jobs for the region,” says Steve Wilkie, executive director of Esh Construction.
“As a contractor based in the region, we strive to protect the ‘local pound’ and deliver economic benefit for our clients and their communities. For us to deliver the infrastructure works for this development is testament to our trusted, experienced and dedicated staff.”
Situated north of the Nissan Motor Manufacturing plant, Washington, IAMP is adjacent to the A19 and has excellent links to the A1(M). The project is a joint venture between Sunderland City Council and South Tyneside Council, with Henry Boots Developments (HBD) appointed as development partner.
“IAMP is a shovel-ready site, offering bespoke, world-class facilities for advanced manufacturing and engineering businesses across a range of industries,” says Tom Wheldon, director at HBD.
“IAMP is a nationally significant manufacturing scheme – one of the largest live sites in the UK – with an important role to play in the delivery of the Industrial Strategy. It has never been more important to provide businesses with the facilities, power capabilities and local skills base to encourage innovation and development. We’ve been encouraged by the interest we’ve seen from both UK and international businesses in recent months and look forward to welcoming new occupiers to the site as development work at IAMP progresses.”
Councillor Graeme Miller, leader of Sunderland City Council, states that IAMP is a hugely significant development for the region, while the connectivity and infrastructure to support it is critical for local businesses and people.
“As a local firm, with a commitment to delivering economic and social value, it is fantastic to see Esh deliver on this important project. It will prepare the ground for yet more investment in this nationally-recognised development, that will deliver jobs and opportunities for local people and businesses.”
“The completion of this phase marks a significant moment in the development of the IAMP. It is particularly pleasing to see a firm which was created in the North East helping us to realise our ambitions for this site,” adds Councillor John Anglin, lead member for Regeneration and Economy.
“In light of the pandemic, the development of this nationally significant project is now more crucial than ever. The IAMP is set to transform the fortunes of the North East, enabling the region to gain competitive advantage, and delivering high-quality employment and prosperity at a time when this has never been more needed,” he concludes.
Masdar, PT PLN begin work on floating PV solar project
UAE-based renewable energy company Masdar, in partnership with PT PLN, an organisation specialising in electrical power and owned by the Indonesian government, has announced today it has started work on a floating photovoltaic (PV) solar project in West Java. The company says the 145MW plant is the first of its kind in the country. The project, which will be constructed on the Cirata reservoir in West Java, was financed by the Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Societe Generale, and Standard Chartered Bank.
Developing the project is PT Pembangkitan Jawa Bali Masdar Solar Energi (PMSE), a joint venture between Masdar and PT PLN subsidiary PT PJBI. Bahlil Lahadalia, Minister of Investment for the Republic of Indonesia and chairman of the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board, said: “This is a flagship project of the UAE’s investment in Indonesia, and most importantly, it is in line with the Indonesian Government’s target to increase renewable energy by 23% by 2025.”
Ladhadalia added: “The Ministry of Investment fully supports the investment realisation of the Cirata Floating Solar Project by PT PJBI and Masdar.” The plant is said to be the largest in south-east Asia, and one of the biggest in the world. Around 800 jobs will be created during its construction phase.
During the project’s development, Masdar has conducted several social initiatives to raise awareness of sustainability and strengthen the engagement of the local community. Talking about the partnership with Masdar, Amir Faisal, president director of PJBI, said: “We see tremendous potential for similar projects in Indonesia and we look forward to continuing our fruitful collaboration with Masdar to work on more renewable energy projects and help our nation achieve its clean energy objectives.
“This floating power project is a first for Indonesia and is also a significant step in PJBI’s renewable energy journey,” he added.
Facts about solar energy
- Solar power is the most abundant energy source on earth: There’s enough solar energy reaching the earth every hour to meet all of humanity’s power needs for a whole year.
- The cost of solar panels has fallen by 99% since 1977: The price per watt for a single solar cell in 1977 was US$77. Today that same cell costs Us$0.21 per watt US$0.39 per watt for an assembled module, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.
- China is the global leader in solar energy: Whilst solar power is increasing in popularity in the US, China is currently the country with the biggest uptake. Research conducted by GTM in 2017 predicted that the US would install 12.4GW of solar power during that year. China, on the other hand, installed 24.4GW of power in the first half of 2017 alone.