Viridor targets staff from Fife coal power station

SBBN Viridor workers
SBBN Viridor workers

A major energy business is looking to attract workers from Scotland’s last coal-fired power station, due to close later this year.

Viridor, one of the UK’s leading recycling, resources and renewable energy companies, has targeted staff at Scottish Power’s Longannet Power Station who may have the right transferable skills for the company’s £1.8bn UK energy recovery facilities programme.

Viridor’s Scottish investment programme, which has seen £357m committed north-of-the-border in the last twenty-four months, includes the £154m Glasgow Recycling and Renewable Energy Centre (GRREC) at Polmadie, Glasgow and the £177m Dunbar Energy Recovery Facility at East Lothian.

Both of these facilities are set to recover green energy from residual waste left after recycling.

The Longannet site, which is Scotland’s last coal-fired power station, is due to close in March.

The site’s owner, Scottish Power, recently hosted an employment event for their affected staff to speak with potential employers.

Commenting earlier this week, Viridor’s capital projects and engineering director, Alan Cummings, said: “At Viridor our network of 318 facilities across the UK work to help partner councils, corporates and communities give the world’s resources new life.

“In addition to investing in state-of-the-art recycling technologies, such as the UK’s most advanced glass recycling facility in Lanarkshire, we’ve invested £1.8bn in a network of next generation energy recovery facilities.

“Both our recycling & resources and energy teams are always looking for experienced and talented individuals and the careers fair at Longannet was the perfect opportunity for us to talk to some of the high calibre workforce at the site.”

Mr Cummings continued: “We are looking for bright, experienced and committed people at all levels to join us and play a vital role in driving a more sustainable economy.

“We would encourage staff to check our website, which is updated weekly, at”

Viridor works with over 100 local authorities across the UK, including 96% of Scottish councils, and operates a network of over 318 sites nationwide.

The company is also a leading member of the Green Alliance Circular Economy Task Force, the All-Party Sustainable Resources Group and holds a three star ranking in the Business in the Community Corporate Responsibility Index.