BREAKING GROUND: Cutting the turf for the new BOC Dissolved Acetylene Manufacturing Facility at Stallingborough include: branch manager Tony Ogden, Teresa Crampton from Atkins, managing director of BOC Mike Huggon, chairman of the Humber LEP Lord Haskins, and global business director of chemicals for WorleyParsons, Chris Gill. Picture: Jon Corken and very kindly supplied courtesy of the Grimsby & Scunthorpe Media Group
Lord Haskins signed off the successful Regional Growth Fund at the LEP and this helped towards the company’s capital investment.
Extensive works will begin in February and commissioning of the new plant, one of the largest in Europe, with its capacity of 18,000 tonnes a year, is expected in the last quarter of the year. 40 new jobs will also be created.
The plant is for dissolved acetylene, which is the gas of choice for providing welding heat, and is used by professionals from humble back street garage mechanics to advance manufacturing by wind turbine technicians.
Mr Huggon said: “The new plant will provide a vital resource, not just for this region but also for the nation as a whole. Dissolved acetylene plays an essential role in today’s engineering projects, whether it is renewable energy, the rail network or a hundred other applications.
“Its role in metal fabrication has particular relevance to developments here on the Humber Bank, which is rapidly turning into a leading centre of renewable energy in the country. Having this production facility sited here gives added credibility to the sub-region as it seeks to establish itself as a centre of expertise and resources.
“Building this facility will mean that the country’s industrial recovery will be less dependent on events overseas. The strategic importance of this site has been recognised at the highest level.”
Lord Haskins added: “We are going through the worst economic downward cycle that anyone has experienced, and here we are with a company investing heavily. I think this is pretty shrewd.”