Multi-million pound Oman deal bringing new jobs to Scunthorpe
A MULTI-million pound contract will ensure the future of a Scunthorpe company for up to three years, as well as creating new jobs.
Steelworks Engineering Systems has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to provide design services for a new steel plant in the sultanate of Oman.
The deal – said to be worth millions of pounds, although the exact figure has not been revealed – will see the Northampton Road-based firm work as project integrator on behalf of the plant's owner, Sun Metals.
Frank Spedding, managing director of Steelworks Engineering Systems, said it meant he could expand his company.
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He said: "It secures the future of the company for two to three years and it will enable me to employ some additional people.
"At the moment, I am looking for three engineers, so we will definitely generate that amount of work but it will probably be double that."
Mr Spedding, 59, of East Butterwick, is currently the only person directly employed by the business. But he said the deal with the 1.2 million tonnes per annum facility was "massive" for the company.
He said: "It will be the first steel plant of its type in that region of Oman and it has been designated by the Omani government.
"I am responsible for the design of the whole steel plant and the integration of it.
"We are well advanced with that design now and it is in its final stages.
"We have signed an MoU and we expect to sign the main contract in the next few weeks."
Mr Spedding has worked in the steel industry since he was 16 and was an employee at Scunthorpe's former Normanby Park works.
And he said the combination of steel knowledge and experience had helped him into his current line of work, which operates on a global scale.
He said: "We do very specialist projects, predominantly for steel-making.
"We don't do any business with Scunthorpe because the products there are not specialised enough for us."
Mr Spedding said work on the site was already under way.
He said: "The actual work on-site has begun already and an oxygen plant is going in there, which is actually ongoing as we speak.
"The next move is with the steel plant and to start levelling the site, ready for construction.
"It will start in February."
For more information on Steelworks Engineering Systems, visit www.steelworks engineeringsystems.com