IF you see clouds of steam and hear loud bangs at the power station in Pulrose this week, there should be no reason to worry.
The combined cycle gas turbine plant at the Douglas power station has over recent weeks been undergoing routine maintenance.
Part of that maintenance includes the steam turbine, which as a result, requires the MEA to undertake a ‘steam blow’ at the station.
A ‘steam blow’ is a process that ensures all debris from the works is blasted out of the pipes within the steam systems therefore preventing damage to the turbine blades.
Although silencers will be fitted for the ‘steam blow’, there will be a significant noise in addition to clouds of steam in the surrounding areas of the station, namely the Bowl ground, Pulrose Bridge and Middle River.
The tests are due to take place during week from today (Monday) at some point between the hours of 8am and 6pm with an estimated completion of four to five days.
The MEA said the media would be updated during the test period to keep customers and residents informed of progress and there would be no disruption to electricity supplies.
A spokseman said: ‘Should you have any queries or concerns you can call 687687 or alternatively email email@example.com. Thank you for your patience during this time and the MEA apologises, in advance, for any inconvenience.’
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