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Black Out Power Plants Fails In Testing. The Uk At It's Finest

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Well, I suppose that's why they test these things.

I've just been looking into a another issue of grid safety, which started after I accidentally walked into a construction site earlier in the year. It turns out that the electricity grid in Wigan has not met the legal requirement for reliability for the last 4 years, and the local electricity operator keeps having to send regular letters of explanation to OFGEM, as to why there is insufficient redundancy for 35 MW of demand.

What is more interesting is the reasoning. In 2006, the electricity grid operator in the region realised that they would not be able to accommodate the rate of growth in Wigan beyond about 2010. They set about planning an upgrade, and in 2007, they decided it could only feasibly be done with a power line from Kirkby near Liverpool to Wigan. By mid 2007, they had submitted the final designs for planning to the Department for the Environment and Climate Change, as well as the local councils.

At the end of 2008, they got a planning rejection from St Helens council, because a power pole would be visible behind a Grade II listed farm house. By the beginning of 2009, a revised planning application had gone in, and by mid 2010, this also had been provisionally rejected because of concern about pink-footed goose populations, subject to an investigation by DECC into the goose issue.

By December 2012, DECC decided that the geese weren't a serious problem. Once DECC permission had been granted, the grid operator could then seek powerline consent from the Sec of State, and by July 2013, this was granted, permitting the operator to then seek wayleaves, etc. Construction finally started in late 2013, and is now nearly completed. A 12 month project for installation of 10 miles of power line on wooden power poles took 6 years to get planning consent.

I suppose it's the same reason why national grid, who urgently need to upgrade the power lines from Scotland to England (to accommodate new wind farms in the highlands and off the Scottish coast) have decided that upgrading the existing pylon lines on the East and West coasts is infeasible - so they are going to the quite extraordinary lengths of installing undersea HV DC cables between Peterhead and Tyneside, and between Hunterston and Deeside.

Edited by ChumpusRex

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“We are in the process of discussing what did go wrong,” a spokesman for National Grid said.

and so soon after signing the contract with the supplier (last month).

Edited by billybong

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They are building a gas powered electricity generator at the other end of chadderton.

Residents bjection but it'd be better than flats said the local councillors. Only be used occasionally they said.

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Another excellent (and in this case profoundly depressing) post CR. Is there any subject that you're not qualified to sound off on? Please come to the next HPC meetup if it ever gets off the ground! :)

Risking the security of the electricity supply because of geese and Grade II listed farmhouses. Now I've heard it all.

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They probably had 500 middle and senioir managers having meetings ofr 6 months and just one poor engineer who knew how to do it, was expected to do it all by him/herself... but no one bothered to ask his/her advice.

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I have no idea how the feck this country ended up with the largest empire in history.

Back then, someone who wanted to build a power station... just built it, without having to go through fifteen years of 'consultations' first.

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http://www.oldham-chronicle.co.uk/news-features/8/news-headlines/88782/electricity-plant-generates-fears

The site, currently used for parking wagons, will house eight gas-fuelled generators, which will support the local grid.
It's been approved since that article

http://www.oldham-chronicle.co.uk/news-features/8/news-headlines/88916/power-plant-lesser-of-two-evils

"Councillor Rod Blyth said if this had been a different type of development, there would be more vehicles and more people coming and going and more disturbance: “Is this not the lesser of two evils?” he asked"

http://www.ukpowerreserve.com/

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They probably had 500 middle and senioir managers having meetings ofr 6 months and just one poor engineer who knew how to do it, was expected to do it all by him/herself... but no one bothered to ask his/her advice.

ah so you have a full understanding of the British working system! lol

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