Planning officers from Trafford Council have visited Carrington Power Station to see at first-hand how the development was progressing.
The team was given a comprehensive presentation by Alstom site manager Rainer Lueoend before embarking on a site tour. They were shown the scale of the development from ground level and from elevated platforms next to the chimney stacks.
Trafford Council was a statutory consultee during the permitting stage for the power station and officers had examined the application in detail before making a recommendation to councillors.
Rob Haslam, Head of Planning Services at Trafford, said: “It was interesting to see the partial construction of the power station at close quarters. It’s a big investment that has come to Trafford and the visit provided a real insight into the complexity of this development.”
Trafford Council’s Executive Councillor for Economic Growth and Planning, Michael Hyman said: "I am delighted that this important investment in power generation, in Trafford, is continuing apace and that those Council Officers involved in the strategic planning of the borough have had an opportunity to see, first hand, what is involved with this project. Sitting on the Carrington Power Local Liaison Group has kept me aware of the progress and of the good working relationship between main contractors and the local community".
“We were delighted to host this visit to site and to show case our project,” said Rainer.
“Over the next few months, most of the external construction work will be complete and there will be very little outside activity. So it was good timing for the planners to come along.”
Trafford Planners visit Carrington Power Station, accompanied by Rainer Lueoend, Alstom (bottom left) and Anthony Wilson, Alstom (top right) and Joanne Sheehan DF (to the immediate right)
Notes to the Editors
In the UK, Alstom has built, and now maintains, over half the country’s gas-fired power plants, including a 1,650MW plant in Nottinghamshire, a 2,160MW plant in Pembrokeshire, a 900MW plant in Devon and a 1,275MW plant in Kent.
At Carrington, Alstom is responsible for supplying, commissioning and maintaining the power generating equipment, including two gas turbines, two steam turbines and two heat recovery steam generators.
Alstom has been active in Manchester for many years. The Virgin trains that run between Manchester and London were designed and built by Alstom, which now maintains them at a dedicated depot in Longsight, employing more than 200 people.
DF specialises in the development of complex, integrated projects such as gas-fired power stations, industrial plants and fuel storage. The company carries out end-to-end project processes that include engineering, procurement, construction, erection, commissioning, operation and maintenance.
At Carrington, DF will be responsible for all the civil works, electrical and mechanical works and the construction and balance of the plant equipment.
The new power station is being developed by Carrington Power Limited, which is owned by ESB.
ESB is the leading Irish energy company and has operations in over 35 countries, including Ireland, the UK, continental Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa.