18 May, 2022 By Sotiris Kanaris
Jacobs is creating 600 new jobs related to energy transition, in response to the UK and Irish government’s plans to reduce fossil fuel dependency and decarbonise their economies.
Last month, the UK government published its Energy Security Strategy setting out plans to boost nuclear energy, while also investing in wind, solar and hydrogen. The Irish government’s Climate Action Plan 2021, published last November, included the goals to achieve a 51% reduction in overall greenhouse gas emissions and to increase the proportion of electricity originating from renewable sources to up to 80% by 2030.
Anticipating increased activity around energy transition, Jacobs is seeking qualified people across strategic consulting, all engineering disciplines as well as project delivery and programme management. More specifically in the areas of environmental, consenting, carbon management, sustainability, robotics, materials science, chemistry, physics, cyber security, data and secure information systems
The new team members will be working on existing and future renewable energy, nuclear energy, fusion energy and energy storage projects. Among the projects Jacobs is currently involved in is the Hinckley Point C nuclear power station and the RWE’s Pembroke green hydrogen power station, for which it has recently been awarded a feasibility study contract. The four-month study will look at the feasibility of initially installing a 100MW electrolyser.
New recruits will also work on the augmentation of electricity and gas transmission and distribution networks, as well as the integration of multi-regional electrical interconnectors.
“We’re recruiting from within the energy industry and also people with backgrounds in critical national infrastructure, aerospace, transportation, water, environmental, information technology and manufacturing,” said Jacobs Energy, Security & Technology senior vice president Karen Wiemelt. “Climate response and energy security is a key national priority for the UK and we have many fantastic opportunities for people to join us and help create a smarter, more connected and more sustainable world.”
Jacob’s greater focus on energy transition projects is in line with its 2022-2024 company strategy, through which it has elevated its climate response. It has placed greater significance on delivery of integrated solutions for energy transition, decarbonisation, adaptation and resilience and natural resource stewardship.
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