Combustion Turbine Team reaches safety milestone

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Combustion Turbine Team reaches safety milestone

February 21, 2011

Nova Scotia Power has reached another safety milestone. Its Combustion Turbine Team reached 30 years without a lost-time accident on Friday, Feb. 18.

“The crews who have maintained and operated our combustion turbines over the past 30 years have been vigilant on safety and performance,” said Mark Sidebottom, General Manager, Power Production. “Safety cannot be achieved without everyone on the team working together, so I want to thank and congratulate all the present and former members of the Combustion Turbine Team. This is an impressive and proud accomplishment.”

The Combustion Turbine Team includes seven employees who operate nine combustion turbines at four locations: the Burnside Industrial Park, Victoria Junction (near Sydney),Tusket (near Yarmouth), and the Tufts Cove Power Plant in Dartmouth.

Combustion turbines produce electricity on very short notice during periods of peak customer energy demand and provide dependable back-up to intermittent wind generation.

Nova Scotia Power’s number one priority is the safety of its workers, contractors and customers. Last summer, the company was the first in Canada to jointly sign the Conference Board of Canada’s CEO Health and Safety Leadership Charter with its union. Other safety milestones in 2010 included Nova Scotia Power’s Customer Operations Team reaching a landmark two million hours without a lost-time accident and staff at the Tufts Cove Generation Station achieving one million hours. In 2009, staff at the Lingan Generation Station achieved one million hours.