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Barnsley Firm Nearing Multi-Billion Pound Deal

Friday November 7 2014




A BARNSLEY firm has negotiated a deal worth more than $7 billion to build the world's biggest solar power station - which could create 600 local jobs.

Solar Europa, based at Capitol Park, Dodworth, is in the final stages of signing the $7.25bn contract which, if signed, will create at least 600 jobs here.

The plant, in Turkey, will cover thousands of acres of desert scrubland and will generate enough electricity to power more than a million homes.

"This is equivalent to a four gigawatt coal-fired power station," said CEO David Hawkins. "It's not just good for Solar Europa as a company, it's good for this locality, it's good for this region, and it's good for 'Brand Britain'.

"It's been three-and-a-half years of hard work and team effort. We're almost there, however this is where the hard work starts.

"Everyone is working tirelessly to deliver this contract. Once it's signed, we can breathe a sigh of relief."

Andrew Denniff, chief executive of Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce, said the project will be fantastic news for Barnsley.

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Reply Posted by Mad bitch on Friday November 7 2014 at 10:48
It would be gut wrenching if it all fell through at last minute ....never blow your trumpet til you've bagged it....

Reply Posted by Mr C on Friday November 7 2014 at 13:13
Kate Elsley with her negative attitude again I think it will be great if they get this deal

Reply Posted by BFC on Friday November 7 2014 at 15:35
And then you can become major sponsors and share owners down at Oakwell....

Reply Posted by anon on Friday November 7 2014 at 15:40
This is great news for barnsley. Will hopefully get some of them that are stil stuck in the 80's moaning about loss making unviable pits being shut

Reply Posted by Ray on Monday November 10 2014 at 11:44
anon, you'll feel the repercussions in the next couple of years when the lights go out. some of the new nuclear reactors will take 10 years to go online our country still relies heavily on coal

The coal from Russia and China is very poor quality and guess what demand is increasing so what will happen to the price now and who will pay for any increase.


Reply Posted by Jayne on Friday November 7 2014 at 17:36
coking plant in royston shutting down next month. Why doesn't this company give all these lads a job. Perfect

Reply Posted by Tom on Saturday November 8 2014 at 00:18
Why not the unemployed, some of them have never had opportunity of a job

Reply Posted by baz on Friday November 7 2014 at 17:44
hope they get the contract think this should have been kept quiet till the deal is completed

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Friday November 7 2014 at 18:58
I sincerely hope that Europa Solar win this contract.
Best of luck!

Reply Posted by tarn on Friday November 7 2014 at 21:37
Send some application forms to lads at bearing company in dodwoth who are losing their jobs to cheap labour in romania

Reply Posted by STEVEO on Friday November 7 2014 at 22:14
Send Rumanians some application forms because they are better workers

Reply Posted by Yosha on Saturday November 8 2014 at 13:48
Giz a job

Reply Posted by Maggie on Saturday November 8 2014 at 17:00
@tarn

What do you expect, you but your shopping from the cheapest shop don't you. Same deal!

Reply Posted by Maggie on Saturday November 8 2014 at 17:01
Barnsley Firm Nearing Multi-Billion Pound Deal
Friday November 7 2014

A BARNSLEY firm has negotiated a deal worth more than $7 billion to build the world's biggest solar power station - which could create 600 local jobs.

Solar Europa, based at Capitol Park, Dodworth, is in the final stages of signing the $7.25bn contract which, if signed, will create at least 600 jobs here.

The plant, in Turkey, will cover thousands of acres of desert scrubland and will generate enough electricity to power more than a million homes.

"This is equivalent to a four gigawatt coal-fired power station," said CEO David Hawkins. "It's not just good for Solar Europa as a company, it's good for this locality, it's good for this region, and it's good for 'Brand Britain'.

"It's been three-and-a-half years of hard work and team effort. We're almost there, however this is where the hard work starts.

"Everyone is working tirelessly to deliver this contract. Once it's signed, we can breathe a sigh of relief."

Andrew Denniff, chief executive of Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce, said the project will be fantastic news for Barnsley.
13 Showing 13 comments
Posted by Mad bitch on Friday November 7 2014 at 10:48
It would be gut wrenching if it all fell through at last minute ....never blow your trumpet til you've bagged it....
Posted by Mr C on Friday November 7 2014 at 13:13
Kate Elsley with her negative attitude again I think it will be great if they get this deal
Posted by BFC on Friday November 7 2014 at 15:35
And then you can become major sponsors and share owners down at Oakwell....
Posted by anon on Friday November 7 2014 at 15:40
This is great news for barnsley. Will hopefully get some of them that are stil stuck in the 80's moaning about loss making unviable pits being shut
Posted by Jayne on Friday November 7 2014 at 17:36
coking plant in royston shutting down next month. Why doesn't this company give all these lads a job. Perfect
Posted by baz on Friday November 7 2014 at 17:44
hope they get the contract think this should have been kept quiet till the deal is completed
Posted by STEVEO on Friday November 7 2014 at 18:58
I sincerely hope that Europa Solar win this contract.
Best of luck!
Posted by tarn on Friday November 7 2014 at 21:37
Send some application forms to lads at bearing company in dodwoth who are losing their jobs to cheap labour in romania
Posted by STEVEO on Friday November 7 2014 at 22:14
Send Rumanians some application forms because they are better workers
Posted by Tom on Saturday November 8 2014 at 00:18
Why not the unemployed, some of them have never had opportunity of a job
Posted by STEVEO on Saturday November 8 2014 at 13:47
Send Polskis some application forms so they can stop a few more English natives from getting the jobs
Posted by Yosha on Saturday November 8 2014 at 13:48
Giz a job
Posted by Maggie on Saturday November 8 2014 at 17:00
@tarn

What do you expect, you buy your shopping from the cheapest shop don't you. Same deal!


Reply Posted by REAL STEVEO on Saturday November 8 2014 at 18:48
WAB, you REALLY NEED to sort out a registration and log in system to stop the CRANKS!

Reply Posted by Mr C on Saturday November 8 2014 at 21:21
Good look to the firm anyway hope they get the deal

Reply Posted by Ai on Sunday November 9 2014 at 10:29
Good luck with the contract creating local jobs is always a winner-perhaps we could utilise this technology locally to produce power with clean technology?
A fantastic alternative to building on Green Belt!

Reply Posted by True Red on Sunday November 9 2014 at 10:50
OK now lets get on with fracking let's make Great Britain self sufficient in energy, from solar power to nuclear energy, and stop other countries holding the UK to random.

Reply Posted by Steveo the real real one on Sunday November 9 2014 at 19:20
Yes and so have I

Reply Posted by Dr Decadent on Monday November 10 2014 at 22:11
Ray you would make a good political speaker have you ever thought about taking up boat racing