As the UK is battening down the hatches preparing for arctic conditions this weekend, the power station fleet of RWE Generation are battling the elements to keep the lights on. During peak demand this morning our power stations were generating 10 GW of electricity - enough to power a third of all domestic homes in the UK.
Coal-fired Didcot A and gas-fired Didcot B power stations produce enough electricity to meet the needs of 3 million people – the equivalent population of three counties the size of Oxfordshire. Generating electricity is a 24/7 operation, the stations play a valuable role in helping to provide the nation with a secure supply of energy, particularly when demand increases across the UK.
Despite the snow and freezing temperatures, RWE npower workers at Didcot A and Didcot B Power Stations will be braving the wintry conditions all weekend, with plans in place to ensure employees can always get to work and keep the station running to meet the rise in demand brought on by the arctic conditions.
The Didcot stations are well equipped to deal with winter cold snaps and bad weather conditions, with contingency plans to deal with anything from fetching staff in 4x4s to emergency rations and beds at the station to make sure nothing gets in the way of the station generating electricity.
Didcot A Power Station manager Phil Noake said: “Today is no different to any other in power generation and for our staff this is business as usual. Electricity needs to be produced as its required, 365 days a year, so it’s thanks to the dedication and hard work of our staff that we can still operate, even when the weather deteriorates.