Electricity boss defends new engine as 'the quiet one'

ELECTRICITY customers will foot the bill if Environmental Health upholds complaints about noise at the power station, according to the utility’s managing director.

ELECTRICITY customers will foot the bill if Environmental Health upholds complaints about noise at the power station, according to the utility’s managing director.

However, Alan Bates, pictured, stressed the company did not yet know whether there was a problem with the current sound levels and if any work was needed.

Neighbours have been complaining about noise levels recently, claiming that the nuisance was being caused by the new £14m. generator.

But Mr Bates said that, although the new engine has not yet met the noise level specified in its contract with the supplier, it was actually the quietest of the generators.

It is also not in full-time use, with Mr Bates saying it was being run only occasionally to test methods the supplier had been implementing to try and reduce the noise.

Guernsey Electricity confirmed that engine supplier Wartsila would pick up the cost of any remedial work to the new generator, which is in the D station at the site. It will also have to pay compensation for the delay in getting it up and running.

But Mr Bates acknowledged the States-owned utility would have to pay for any work to reduce noise that is not connected to the new engine.

Comments for: "Electricity boss defends new engine as 'the quiet one'"

Chicken Legs

They have not been considerate to their neighbours for 35 years and now they have overstepped the mark with this new generator triggering a wave of complaints. Everyone knows that noise is cumulative and this new one is a whopper of a generator which they admit is not working right.

The customers should not pay for a lack of investment and improvement in the area for the past 35 years. Take it out of the managers bonuses.

BadDonkey

Couldn't have said it better Chick.

markB

what's new!! we always foot the bill.

Dan

Next thing you know there'll be a price hike because they ran out of milk in the break room.

Other companies can't get away with passing the cost of their shortcomings onto customer. Suck it up GE, take the money out of your own coffers.

PLP

It's always the quiet ones!

PB FALLA

At least he didnt call it

"The Special One"