Brickkiln, a leading waste management and civil engineering business in the North West, has won contracts worth more than £2 million for work at the new Coolkeeragh ESB power station.

The contracts for Brickkiln were announced yesterday at the launch of the second stage of the Supplier Development Model to help local companies win business from the development of the £150 million gas fired power station by Coolkeeragh ESB Limited.Brickkiln is among local businesses which have already won contracts for activities such as construction, scaffolding, pipe erection, electrical contracting and cleaning, worth more than £25 million in the Supplier Development Model scheme, a joint venture between Invest Northern Ireland, Coolkeeragh and ESB International and North West Marketing to promote local sourcing of products and services.

Brickkiln is carrying out civil engineering works on site preparation and those associated with the demolition of the existing tank farm and its replacement by new storage tanks. Other services being provided by the Derry company include waste management and work on the supply of materials.

“The Supplier Model initiative has been tremendously important for the company. In addition to the work gained at the site, the contracts have enabled us to develop a network of contacts both in Ireland and across Europe,” said Thomas Mc Glinchey , Brickkiln’s Managing Director.
The second phase in the Supplier Development Model initiative was announced by Prof. Terri Scott, Invest NI’s Managing Director of Entrepreneurship and Enterprise; Richard Sterling, Coolkeeragh Power’s Managing Director; and Roland Stickler, Commercial Project Manager of VA Tech, as the main contractors with General Electric.

The second phase incorporates three elements:

·a focus on further contract opportunities for local suppliers;

·the identification of skills required by potential buyers of products and services including an initiative to ensure education providers in the North West are geared to meet the training needs of local companies involved in the project (a training development officer will be recruited to work with Further Education colleges on vocational training programmes); and

·launch of similar supplier models to other capital development programmes.

Prof. Scott said: “The first phase of this supplier development initiative has been an outstanding success. As well as the substantial contracts won by many small to medium sized companies in the area, the initiative has enabled them to demonstrate their expertise and competitiveness to major international contractors. It has enhanced their capabilities and encouraged them to compete for further business from these companies and beyond.”

Mr Sterling said “This initiative has already had an extremely positive impact on the economy of the North West in terms of overall capital investment, business opportunities for local suppliers and in employment. It has sustained 550 jobs and created upwards of 70 new employment opportunities. Over 200 people are presently employed on the site.

The launch included a presentation by Mr Stickler who outlined how the company is using the initiative to pinpoint local suppliers.

Mr Stickler said: “We have been impressed by the quality and commitment of the local companies which are already working with us at Coolkeeragh ESB and are committed to continue to use the supplier model to source as many products and services as practicable from local suppliers.”

The launch also included a presentation by North West Marketing on the internet service that provides company information for potential buyers.