Aberthaw Power Station staff keep the fires burning through cold snap
12:20pm Saturday 26th January 2013 in News
AS the nation was battening down the hatches preparing for arctic conditions last weekend, the Power Station fleet of RWE Generation, the sister company to npower in the UK, were battling the elements to keep the lights on.
During peak demand on Friday morning (January 18) their power stations were generating 10GW of electricity - enough to power a third of all domestic homes in the UK.
Despite the snow and freezing temperatures, RWE workers at Aberthaw Power Station braved the wet and snowy conditions all weekend to keep the station running to meet the rise in demand.
The 24/7 station produces enough electricity to meet the needs of 1.5 million people – the equivalent population of five cities the size of Cardiff. And it is well equipped to deal with winter cold snaps and bad weather conditions, with contingency plans to deal with anything from fetching staff in 4x4s to emergency rations and beds at the station.
Phil Allen, Station manager, said: “It was no different to any other time in power generation, and for our staff this is business as usual.
“Electricity needs to be produced as it’s required, 365 days a year, so it’s thanks to the dedication and hard work of our staff that we can still operate, even when the weather deteriorates."