15 Nov 17
Hunterston B 

Safety video success during Hunterston B maintenance outage

Hunterston B power station has worked with an Ayrshire community organisation to ensure safety on site during its maintenance outage. 

The EDF Energy station teamed up with Moving Arts Scotland CIC to create a new virtual reality training video.

More than 1120 people took part in the training before the recent statutory outage began. The video showed a day in the life of a maintenance technician and gave participants the chance to spot hazards and identify good practice in the workplace.

Acting Station Director, Paul Forrest, said: “It was great to be able to work with a local social enterprise to make this virtual reality video. As well as giving us a really important training tool it has allowed us to develop new links in the Ayrshire community and support a really worthwhile organisation.”

“We had an additional 450 workers join the team here for the outage period and as a responsible operator we needed to make sure they were well equipped to stay safe while on site. The team have successfully carried out more than 10,000 separate pieces of work over the past nine weeks. The virtual reality video has had really positive feedback from workers and, as part of our wider safety drive, has helped to make this a really successful maintenance period.”

Moving Arts Scotland CIC is a social enterprise based on Ayr's High Street. It aims to use the arts and media to help alleviate some of the challenges faced by people in the area by creating well paid jobs and helping students start new businesses. Moving Arts Scotland works with Ayrshire College and University of West of Scotland to offer work experience and paid internships to students. They then use their skills to help communities across Ayrshire and beyond.

Robert Jacobs from Moving Arts Scotland CIC said: “We are delighted to have been able to develop such a positive partnership with EDF Energy.  The fact that Hunterston B had a safe planned outage shows how valuable and cost effective video is in helping businesses deliver on-time, cost effective and safe projects across all industries.”

During the statutory outage staff and contract partners worked more than 695,000 hours in total. There were only two minor accident book entries and no-one has lost time at work due to any on-site accidents for more than nine years.

A statutory outage is carried out on each of Hunterston B’s generating units every three years and is like an MOT on a car but on a much larger scale.

The unit which was offline for its outage started generating electricity again on 13th November.

For more information contact:

Fiona McCall
External Communications Manager (Scotland)
01355 846281
07813 232347

EDF Energy in Scotland

In Scotland EDF Energy operates Hunterston B in North Ayrshire and Torness in East Lothian which employ over 1,000 staff and around 500 contracting partners across the two power stations. EDF Energy employs a further 200 office based staff in East Kilbride.  As well as generating enough power to serve some 4 million homes the company also provides gas and electricity to over 80,000 Scottish customers with around half of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products which are backed by low-carbon generation. We operate two windfarms in the Scottish Borders and make sure we buy enough electricity generated from a low-carbon nuclear source to match every unit of electricity we estimate our Blue customers use. EDF Energy is proud to power up some of the largest organisations in the UK, including supplying almost all public sector bodies in Scotland with after being awarded Scotland’s largest electricity supply contract by annual volume from April 2013. Following a landmark agreement with Network Rail the company also provides nuclear-backed Blue energy to power up the UKs electric rail network, covering most of the south east of England and the main lines from London to Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as the Merseyrail network around Liverpool and the Glasgow suburban network.