Embracing quick change - Giles Kay, EDF

May 19, 2020 - 12:00pm

Embracing quick change - Giles Kay, EDF

It is rare for our industry to try something new without months of testing and trialling but last Friday we headed into the brave new world of virtual on-line meetings.

Friday’s Local Community Liaison Committee meeting was held on Zoom and it was great to see and interact with around 25 committee members.

For me personally it was the first time I had used Zoom but it was the perfect way for us as a power station to talk and listen to local councillors and other key members of the local community.

This is just one change that we, and indeed the whole community, have embraced.  At the power station, we have looked at how to go about our day to day roles safely.

I have been very impressed with how everyone at the sites here have adapted to such things as new shift patterns, having temperature tests when arriving on site and maintaining social distance while on the power stations.

For many the planning for this pandemic started in earnest in February, but as an industry we had already rehearsed and honed our plan for such events and so we were in a good position to ensure we could maintain staffing levels on site.

Keeping those staffing levels right has supported our operations across the stations and provided enough low carbon electricity for around four million homes.

The stations’ staff will also continue to have a key role in their communities as we come out of the pandemic. Many have roles with school, as trustees with charitable groups or a myriad of other voluntary positions.

And as they all live locally, they are great supporters of local businesses, restaurants, cinemas and theatres – and here’s to the day when everything opens.

Giles Kay, STation Director, Heysham 1