Plans to combat traffic jam as Langage power station workers arrive
MEASURES are being put in place to prevent traffic congestion when hundreds of workers arrive to service the £400million Langage power station.
About 250 contractors are expected to be on the site, in Plympton, for six weeks from the end of next week.
Centrica Energy, which owns the 895 Megawatt gas fired power station, said it is looking at ways of preventing traffic disruption around a site which is normally the base for just 40 staff. But the company also stressed that attracting so many contractors will have a positive knock-on effect on the surrounding economy.
"We understand that an influx of extra vehicles can have an impact on local roads and we will do everything we can to reduce this," said Roy Bailey, Langage Energy Centre's generation manager.
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"But I hope it will also have a positive benefit on the local economy. We have contractors from outside the area looking for support from local engineering firms, looking for accommodation in hotels and B&Bs and I would expect to see extra business for caterers and local shops."
Mr Bailey said traffic would need to be carefully managed, and added: "With more people coming to the site each day we have put in place a number of measures to reduce disruption to local traffic. Our plan includes a car share scheme and minibuses to reduce the burden on traffic as well as designing staggered shift patterns to spread the traffic evenly over naturally busy periods on the local roads."
The overhaul will be the first major maintenance of the Langage gas fired power station since it started generating electricity in March 2010.
The maintenance period starts on October 26 and is expected to run through to December 5.
Mr Bailey described the work as "a bit like servicing your car only on a much larger scale".
He said: "This maintenance period allows us to service our two gas turbines and to carry out any other required maintenance work to ensure that the plant is able to generate electricity safely and efficiently for the next three to four years when the next maintenance period will be conducted."
Archive footage of Langage Power Station's second turbine being fired up
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