Strike at CHP plant could affect Sellafield

Workers at a combined heat and power plant serving a major nuclear power plant in England have gone on strike over employment contracts.

Four 24-hour stoppages are planned by Unite union members working for Cape Industrial Services at Fellside combined heat and power (CHP) plant at Sellafield, Cumbria.
Fellside CHP
The union said the company had failed to address concerns over the terms and conditions for scaffolders, thermal insulation engineers and labourers.

Unite regional officer Ryan Armstrong said, "All our workers want is for Cape management to align workers' terms and conditions to those recommended by NAECI (National Joint Council for the Engineering Construction Industry) and other workers at the plant.”

"Vital" preparation work for a major shutdown of Fellside CHP could be affected by continued industrial action, which could have a knock-on effect on the main Sellafield reprocessing and decommissioning site, to which the plant provides power, he said.

The 188 MW Fellside CHP plant provides critical process steam to the adjacent Sellafield nuclear reprocessing facility and exports electricity to Sellafield and onto the National Grid.

It was built in 1993 and comprises three GE Frame 6581B gas turbines which are able to run on natural gas or distillate.

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