The value of contracts commissioned by North East employer Banks Mining from local companies for equipment and services at its Bradley surface mine has passed the £1.5m mark.
An analysis of the contractor spend since the County Durham-headquartered firm started preparatory work at Bradley early last year has found that more than 95 per cent has so far gone to businesses and service providers based in North East England, with the closest suppliers being based in Consett, just a few miles from the site.
The contracts range across every aspect of the site’s development and operation, including communications technologies, power generation, equipment supply, IT infrastructure, construction services, landscaping and safety equipment.
The Chester-Le-Street depot of generator hire business John F Hunt Power, which employs 16 people, has been awarded a multi-year contract to provide power to the Bradley site’s office accommodation and wheel wash facility, and provided a bespoke solution for the project which is significantly reducing fuel usage on site.
Graham Allen, regional sales manager at John F Hunt Power, says: “While the office’s need for power is constant, the wheel wash is only needed for specific tasks, so rather than providing a single generator that works all the time, we’ve put individual machines in place which can be put on standby when they’re not needed.
“Much less fuel is therefore being used on site as would otherwise be the case, with carbon dioxide emissions reductions resulting as well as substantial cost savings."