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Power station equipment ‘will make it quieter’

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GUERNSEY ELECTRICITY has responded to the latest noise complaints about the power station at the Bridge, saying that new equipment will make it quieter for residents.

Guernsey Electricity has responded to concerns about noise at the power station. (Picture by Peter Frankland 25749035)

New cooling towers are being installed, which the company insists will make energy generation more peaceful.

Workers are at the ‘commissioning testing’ stage for the new towers, before they decommission the old ones.

Since the cable link –which connects the island to France via Jersey – failed in October last year, Guernsey Electricity has relied heavily on the Vale power station to meet the island’s demands.

Some residents in the Bridge area have expressed frustration about the effect this has had on their lifestyles, such as having to wear ear muffs at night to stop sleep disturbance.

Operations director at Guernsey Electricity Sally-Ann David said the Vale power station was a back-up measure and its role was to provide energy supply security.

‘We are working hard to replace the Guernsey-Jersey cable and we will be importing low carbon electricity by the end of the year, and keep the power station use at a minimum.’

n Guernsey Electricity has said an initial investigation into the cause of an island-wide power cut on 2 September has been completed: ‘The outage was caused by the failure of part of an engine control system which subsequently led to a shutdown of the remaining generators,’ said a spokesman.

‘A replacement part has been fitted and all other systems have been checked. We would again like to apologise to customers for the disruption.’

Helen Bowditch

By Helen Bowditch
News reporter

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