EM - December 2013/January 2014 - (Page 16)
GENERATION & WHOLESALE MARKETS
international counter- Safety in
8 At the request of the gardaí, the decommissioned Poolbeg Thermal Station hosted
one of the biggest exercises ever held in Poolbeg. The international event was one
element of a European-wide counter-terrorism exercise organised by the Atlas Group.
Garda ERU on the River Liffey.
Sgt. Andy Keegan, Chief Superintendent Finbar
O'Brien and Inspector Martin McConnell
discussing planning details with Brian Clarke,
Shift Team Leader, Poolbeg and Robbie
Masterson, ex-Poolbeg and Exercise
Coordinator between ESB and the
ATLAS WAS ESTABLISHED
following the events of 9/11
to ensure the EU had the capacity to respond to a largescale terrorist attack. Atlas
comprises of 35 EU-wide police special anti-terrorist units,
with Ireland represented by
the Garda Emergency Response Unit.
On April 17th, nine simulated
terrorist attacks took place across
Europe, each attack responded to
by a different combination of police
anti-terrorist units. All events were
monitored live by video in various
European command centres.
The Poolbeg exercise, organised
by the gardaí and Atlas Project, was
based around a terrorist attack on
an urban Power Station. Four police
teams were on site; The Garda ERU,
the HMSU Police Service of Northern Ireland, the SCO19 London Metropolitan Police Service and the DSI
Police Service from The Netherlands.
Mobilisation commenced on April
15th when Police Force personnel,
Much planning, by both the
gardai and ESB, was necessary leading up to the exercise
to ensure the appropriate risk
assessments, indemnities, insurances and facilities were in
place. Poolbeg Thermal Station
Turbine Hall and basement together with the Thermal Station
Control Room were provided
for the hostage scenario and the
old Administration Offices were
provided for Tactical Command
posts during the exercise.
Police Teams entering the Poolbeg Thermal
Station Unloading Bay.
As part of the exercise, a medical evacuation was
carried out by an Air Corps AW139 helicopter.
Dublin Fire Brigade was on site for the arrival and
departure of the medical evacuation helicopter.
transport and equipment arrived
at Poolbeg with a full-scale walk
through of the exercise undertaken
the following day. On April 17th, the
Exercise Common Challenge 2013
took place from 08.00 hours. A 24hour armed Garda security detail
was on-site for the duration of the
exercise with radio communication
established between the gardaí and
the Poolbeg CCGT Control Room.
Approximately 150 people were
involved in the exercise and it ended
with the police forces successfully
storming the Thermal Station Control Room. The closing moments
were witnessed across Europe by
live video transmission and included
Paddy Hayes, Executive Director
G&WM and other ESB personnel as
well as Police Commissioners from
the participating police teams.
Brian Clarke, Poolbeg, commented:
"All the event planning paid off and
despite all the staged bombings, shootings and storming activities, there
were no injuries to report, which was a
good result". The gardaí were pleased
with the international success of the
exercise and thanked the Poolbeg staff
for facilitating the event.
THE KEY OBJECTIVES of this
Programme is the integration
of Process Safety into the core
'the new way we do business',
ensuring consistent standards
are applied across the business, delivering sustainable
for real-time risk management
decisions, ownership and a
focus on indicators which predict how likely things are to go
wrong and how severe will the
Process Safety vs Occupational Safety.
Process Safety vs
Occupational safety is concerned with protecting the
safety, health and welfare of
people engaged in work or
employment, i.e. preventing
slips-trips-and-falls etc, however Process Safety is focused
on preventing plant integrity
issues, fires, explosions and
toxic incidents which can lead
to multiple fatalities and significant asset, production and
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visit Carrington and
Chief Executive Pat O'Doherty and Board Members pictured during a visit to Carrington.
ON THURSDAY 26TH September,
Chief Executive Pat O'Doherty and
Company Secretary John Redmond
accompanied a number of ESB
Board members on a visit to Carrington.
The non-executive Board members who visited the site were Anne
Butler, Ellvena Graham, Noreen
Wright and Noreen Kelly.
Following a round of introductions to members of the Carrington
team and site safety inductions, the
Board members were given a walk
around the construction site where
the 881MW Combined Cycle Gas
Turbine (CCGT) power plant is being built in Carrington, near Manchester.
The following day, Friday 27th
September, a number of the visiting group went on to visit Fullabrook Wind Farm in Devon. There
Visitors were given a tour of Fullabrook wind farm.
they met Wind Farm Manager Ian
Whitehead and members of the Renewables O&M team and also took
a tour of the 66MW, 22-turbine site.
During both visits, it was widely
acknowledged that investment in
Britain is a huge statement of intent and of confidence that ESB can
compete and prosper in the emerging British/Irish integrated electricity market.
The Swiss Cheese Model.
Protecting ourselves from
To protect ourselves from major incidents happening, ESB
is adopting the 'Swiss Cheese'
model which describes incident
causation as a serious of events
which must occur in a specific
manner for a catastrophic failure or accident to occur. The
people, process and plant barriers contain a combination of
latent and active 'holes' and if
these holes are aligned then
the defenses will be defeated
and harm occurs. Each slice of
cheese or control barrier is an
opportunity to stop an error,
the more layers, the less likely
an accident is to occur.
The forth year Electrical Engineering students from CIT recently paid a visit to Aghada Power Station.
John Sadlier, Asset Management Team, is seen presenting to the group on the upcoming CCGT C
inspection. Also pictured are station staff Jim Murphy, John Fitzgerald and Paddy Fogarty.
The staff at Aghada Station recently said goodbye to Aaron Doherty. Aaron worked at the station for the
past nine months as a Draughtsman under the JobBridge Internship Scheme. Aaron is waiting on a kidney
transplant and Liam Ring, Station Manager, and all his colleagues at the Station would like to wish him
the very best of luck for the future.
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