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Firm's biggest order creates 50 new jobs

Rayden Managing Director Richard Hayden (left) and son Brendan, also a DirectorThe biggest order ever won by an Ilkeston welding and engineering company has created 50 new jobs.

Rayden Engineering has started work on a contract worth several million pounds.

It is Principal Contractor on the project for Southern Gas Networks, which distributes natural and green gas to millions of homes and businesses across Scotland and the Southeast of England.

The work being done by Rayden involves diverting 4.5 kilometres of 600mm diameter high-pressure gas pipeline and constructing a full above ground installation (AGI) including a pressure reduction station.

It comprises pipeline welding, including hot-tapping (live gas operations) and deep excavation and trenchless crossings under existing infrastructure.

All pre-fabrication work by Rayden is being done at the company's base in Wentworth Street, Ilkeston.

Established in 1979, Rayden is experienced at working throughout the UK and abroad for businesses that are big name market leaders including National Grid, BP, Shell, Total UK and various water companies.

It specialises in making and installing high-pressure pipework systems.

The company employed 70 staff before winning this latest contract. It has since created an extra 50 highly-skilled jobs, some in Ilkeston but the majority on site in Buckinghamshire. Most of the new positions have already been filled.

Managing director Richard Hayden said: “We are delighted to have won this contract, with our tender beating those of half a dozen other bidders”.

“It's the icing on the cake for a great start to 2018 and comes on top of a very busy order book anyway.

“It gives me immense pleasure to know that this specialised industry has sufficient confidence in our ability to award us this contract”.