This £1 billion state-of-the-art power station is one of Europe’s largest and most efficient combined cycle gas turbine (CGGT) plants. At 2000MW, it plays an important role in the UK’s energy supply, able to respond quickly to the market to provide a highly flexible and reliable source of energy to over 3.5 million households.
It was officially opened by a group of officials and industry leaders on 19 September 2012, marking the end of over three years of construction, in which 10,000 contractors worked 7.4 million man hours to complete the state-of-the-art facility.
Over 300 Interserve operatives delivered £20m worth of scaffolding and pipework and vessel insulation services during the construction phase, managed by a regional operations team based in Swansea.
Interserve worked directly for ZRE, the mechanical contractor commissioned to build the turbine halls, but were also approved by the main EPC contractor, Alstom Power Ltd.
For scaffolding, Alstom stipulated two on-site scaffolding contractors: one for Power Island and one for the turbine halls, the latter being secured by Interserve. A unique requirement was that each contractor had to paint the entire length of their scaffold tube in one of two colours to ensure safety, visibility and identity.
As one of the two nominated scaffolding suppliers, Interserve also
operated on a schedule of rates basis for a number of other subcontractors
on site and delivered a fully integrated design service using
our in-house design capability.
Combining the scaffolding and insulation services enabled a more
efficient interface for our client, delivering value for money through
shared management and transport costs. With an even broader service
portfolio, our profile with Alstom also enabled Interserve to prequalify
for the term maintenance works with RWE npower, the owners of
the post commissioned plant. Our strengths came from our in depth
knowledge of the plant, our experience of access and insulation and our
ability to provide local labour to suit some very demanding programme
out turns. A £5m, three-year term maintenance contract for industrial
and commercial cleaning, painting and minor civils was awarded in May
2012, demonstrating Interserve’s lifecycle approach to constructing and