Solomons Europe has welcomed the Government’s Build Back Greener announcement.
Managing Director Dominic Doig, believes the 10-point plan has huge potential for Solomons Europe to continue its ambitious growth plans and could bring a real boost to the Northern Powerhouse.
The company has been supporting clients on major framework contracts in the power and energy sectors for more than 20 years.
Dominic said: “We have a long history of providing consultancy support to a host of renewable and nuclear energy projects, along with the transmission and distribution infrastructure needed to underpin it,” he said.
“Clearly, any commitment to increasing the number of offshore wind, nuclear and hydrogen projects is music to our ears and opens up countless opportunities for us and other SMEs to be involved. We’re already discussing involvement in the Moorside Clean Energy Hub in Cumbria and how we may be able to support these plans here and elsewhere in the UK.
“Solomons is also primed to seize opportunities in the carbon capture, use and storage market, having adapted our experience and skills working on major oil refinery and gas facilities across the UK.
Dominic added: “Investors and developers have been crying out for this type of commitment from the Government, and while we all wait for more detail, we’re readying ourselves for the opportunities that will arise.
“The key for Solomons and fellow SMEs is that we are front, square and centre in the thinking of those who will end up delivering these projects and schemes.
“SMEs like us have significant experience and skills to bring to the party, and our agility and passion is essential to driving projects forward. Most importantly, SMEs are the real wealth creators, ensuring these huge investments leave a positive legacy, whether that’s through job creation or social impact.”
Solomons Europe has supported the Ormonde Offshore Wind Farm and West of Duddon Sands Offshore Wind Farm projects, both located off the coast of Barrow; the conversion of a coal-fired power station into a biomass plant in Northumberland; and the development of the Tees Renewable Energy Plant – or Tees Rep – which, on completion will be the largest purpose-built biomass power facility in the world.
Elsewhere, it has a growing team working on the Infrastructure Services Alliance (ISA) and Project and Programme Partners (PPP) frameworks at Sellafield and is supporting a £58 million contract for a complex metal piping system for the under-construction Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset.
The company is also involved in several hugely significant power distribution projects, which ultimately channel energy generated to the national grid, and onwards to homes and businesses.
Its biggest project in this area by far is supporting the £2 billion North Sea Link – a subsea HDVC interconnector that will see electricity generated from UK windfarms flow to Norway, and power generated from hydropower in the Scandinavian country make its way back to UK shores.