Busy summer at Cottam and West Burton A power stations
Staff at Cottam power station have been planning for its multi-million pound maintenance programme, which started on May 16, for the past 12 months. The team at West Burton A is just starting its similarly extensive shutdown in June.
Up to 1000 extra workers will join Cottam’s 300-strong team during the maintenance period, providing a boost to the local economy.
The team will carry out more than 9200 separate pieces of work – each carefully planned. And a similar amount of work, supported by the extra contractors, will be carried out at West Burton A.
Paul Morton, plant manager at Cottam, said: “This is a key part of our year, and I know we are ready for the shutdown as we have worked hard to plan the work.
“We have had a good year, but that performance is the result of our focus on safety, the expertise of our people and the investments we make at the station.”
The extensive programme of work will see inspections and maintenance inside the boilers, as well as the installation of new equipment.
The biggest projects include work on the intermediate pressure turbine, boiler headers and maintenance in the flue gas desulphurisation plant.
The maintenance periods, known as ‘statutory outages’, are planned in advance with the National Grid to ensure that there is no impact on the national electricity supply.
Craig Dohring, plant manager at West Burton A, said: “These planned statutory outages also bring significant benefits to the local community.
“The outage creates extra work and also provides a boost to local business including engineering workshops, food suppliers, shops, hotels, B&Bs, restaurants and taxi services.”
Cottam and West Burton A generate enough electricity to power around 7.5 million UK homes.
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