East Lothian set to benefit from investment at Torness power station
More than 500 extra workers will join the workforce during the nine week period, providing a boost to the local economy. They will carry out over 12,000 separate pieces of work – each carefully planned during the last two years of preparation.
The extensive programme of work will see inspections take place inside the reactor, as well as installation of new equipment at the plant. The biggest projects include exchanging two large gas circulators which help cool the reactor and replacing blades on the turbine which is used to turn steam into low carbon electricity.
The maintenance periods known as “statutory outages” take place every three years on each reactor and are planned in advance with the National Grid to ensure that there is no impact on the national electricity supply. Torness’s other reactor is due to continue operating normally throughout the period.
Station Director, Paul Winkle, said: “This inspection, maintenance and investment programme has been carefully planned over the last two years and will enable us to continue safely generating low carbon electricity at Torness for many years to come.
“It’s good news for the local economy which will see local shops, taxi firms, restaurants, B and B’s and hotels benefit from the large number of extra people who will be staying in and around East Lothian”
Torness power station’s two nuclear reactors generate enough electricity to power more than 2 million homes and started operating in 1988. The station employs more than 500 full time staff and around 250 full time contract partners to ensure the safe reliable generation of electricity.
Torness has produced enough low carbon electricity to save the equivalent of 140 million tonnes of CO2 during its 27 years of operation, the same as taking all of the passenger cars off the UK's roads for two years.
Notes to editors:
Torness outage in numbers
12,000 separate pieces of work
£30 million investment
750 staff and contract partners
500 extra staff
This happens every 3 years on each reactor
1988 Torness started operating
In 27 years, 140 million tonnes of CO2 ( Carbon Dioxide ) avoided
This is equivalent to taking all the UK’s passenger cars off the roads for 2 years