Bord na Mona workers agree to work plan

BORD na Mona workers have agreed to work the work plan put forward by the company in light of the temporary closure of the West Offaly Power Station.

BORD na Mona workers have agreed to work the work plan put forward by the company in light of the temporary closure of the West Offaly Power Station.

The West Offaly Power Station’s mid-life overhaul was scheduled to take place next year as part of the routine maintenance of all power generating facilities worldwide. Maintenance and upkeep are an integral part of the running and operations of every power station.

However, the scheduled mid-life maintenance overhaul has been brought forward to coincide with the Boiler tube material upgrade by Foster Wheeler.

Over 200 workers at Bord na Móna had sought up to €15,000 per person in lost income, through overtime and bonus payments they receive during production times at the station, due to its closure.

However a spokesperson for Bord na Mona said that agreement had been reached with the workers to work the work plan set down by the company.

This will see the re-deployment of workers into other areas during the five month closure.

The scope of work to be completed on the West Offaly Power Station is practically identical to the work carried out very successfully in Lough Ree Power in 2010.

Over 200 people are now employed daily at the site since the overhaul started last Friday. Thirty different contractors are being used, of which more than 20 are Irish based.

It is estimated that the work on the site will generate over €8 million for these contractors. The costs of the boiler tube material upgrade are included in the settlement with Foster Wheeler and thus are confidential. The facility is scheduled to return to commercial operation in early September.

ESB has a Fuel Supply Agreement with Bord na Mona for West Offaly Power which allows for the mid-life overhaul.