Letter to local stakeholders regarding the up and coming reactor outage

Dear SSG Member

Hunterston B Reactor 4 outage

As a member of our community, I believe it is important to keep you updated on any developments at Hunterston B power station. I wanted to make you aware that reactor 4 will be brought offline on 1 August 2014 for its statutory outage and one of the biggest yet. An outage at a power station is similar to a car having an MOT and service but on a much bigger scale. Each of the two generating units at Hunterston B is taken safely offline every three years for routine inspection and maintenance work where our engineers will take the opportunity to carry out a number of improvement projects on the site at the same time.

The number of workers on site will nearly double with around 500 specialist workers brought in to assist Hunterston B staff with the work scheduled to be carried out during the outage. Local suppliers are set to take a share in contracts worth tens of thousands of pounds to the local economy.

Amongst the local firms set to benefit are Scott Engineering and McEvoy Engineering, both based in Stevenston. Other local companies like Number 42, a B&B in Largs will be amongst many hotels, caravan parks and B&B’s looking after contractors while they are based at the station.

Once again Hunterston B will turn to a number of local firms, with whom we have a tried and trusted relationship, to provide essential services during this outage. We are impressed by the high standards of the companies we work with and the quality of their workmanship. These companies will work alongside specialist firms from across the world who are leaders in their field.

If you wish to ask any questions please feel free to ring the station on 01294 826000 and ask for our Community Liaison Officer, Nikki MacFarlane.

The outage is the culmination of two years of meticulous planning. More than 13,000 separate pieces of work are scheduled to be completed during this outage, with a total spend of over £20 million. Major plant investment projects are carried out during this period. All this work will make sure the power station can continue to provide electricity for more than 1.4 million homes in Scotland.

Yours faithfully

Colin Weir, Station Director 

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