Twenty jobs have been created at Drax Power Station with the opening of a new, state-of-the-art lightweight aggregate facility.
The new Lytag plant is producing high quality “green” aggregate, helping to re-use significant quantities of fly ash, a by-product of coal fired power generation, rather than sending it to long term storage sites.
The use of Lytag aggregate provides a greener alternative to quarried aggregate such as gravel and crushed rock.
It has been used for more than 40 years across the world in a range of applications – for example in the construction of the Olympic Aquatic Centre, Wimbledon Centre Court and the Deep Aquarium in Hull.
Lytag Ltd, a UK-based company with its trading office in North Yorkshire, has built the facility due to growing demand for the material.
The construction of the new plant began in 2012, following consultation with the local community in 2011, creating a number of temporary jobs for construction professionals.
Gareth Moores, managing director of Lytag Ltd, said:
“We are thrilled to open the new Lytag Ltd facility, and to play our part in upholding the region’s strong engineering expertise.
“Lytag lightweight aggregate is now more easily available to our customers at a local level and across the UK, helping to improve the environmental credentials of many different types of construction and engineering projects.
“So far, we have recruited 20 new employees to work at the new facility, and we hope to be able to create more jobs in the future.”
Peter Emery, production director at Drax, said:
“The opening of the new facility is a very positive milestone for the power station and the local community.
“The new plant will be important in helping us to ensure recycling of the fly ash produced by our electricity generation process, which means more efficient use of our materials.”