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£40m Normandie 1 power cable supplying electricity to Guernsey

tags: Cable Links , Investment

A NEW £40m subsea power cable has been switched on ahead of schedule and is now supplying Guernsey with electricity via Jersey.

The operation of the Normandie 1 (N1) cable is a boost to the island’s security of electricity supply and is part of a multi-million pound asset replacement programme by Guernsey Electricity to meet current and future demand.     Work to install the 27km cable was completed ahead of schedule and has been supplying low carbon energy from France to Guernsey, via Jersey, since December. Sally-Ann... Read more »

Competition to name and switch on Guernsey’s newest engines at the power station

tags: Community , Engine

A COMPETITION to name Guernsey Electricity’s two new diesel engines is being launched by Guernsey Electricity.

Islanders are being invited to give new names to the diesel engines currently known as 2D and 3D. 2D is operational, and 3D, which was delivered late last year, is due to come into service in April. The winner of the competition will be asked to switch on the £15m engine and receive a £100 voucher. The winner’s name along with the engine’s new name will be engraved on a plaque which will be... Read more »

When too safe becomes too dangerous

tags: Health & Safety , Community

MAKING working environments ‘too safe’ risks lulling people into a fatal sense of security, a neuroscientist with an interest in health and safety will warn during a visit to Guernsey.

Guillaume Thierry will warn that ‘too safe is too dangerous’ as it can result in the perception that there are no risks despite the fact that accidents still happen – and that changing this mindset by retraining the brain could be a lifesaver. The professor of neuroscience at Bangor University, in Wales, will be visiting the island on 25th January as part of events supported by Guernsey... Read more »

Guernsey Electricity works with St John to ensure staff safety

tags: Community

DOZENS of employees from Guernsey Electricity are receiving specialist training from St John Training Services to help reduce the risk of injury and strain.

Guernsey Electricity has signed a three-year contract with the training provider, which puts all income it receives into supporting St John in the Bailiwick and the community at large. So far 105 employees have received training on first aid and moving and handling. ‘At Guernsey Electricity we place great importance on the health and safety of our employees. Lifting and handling forms a large part... Read more »

Friendly times extended on pre-pay electric meters

tags: Prepayment Meter

ISLANDERS with pre-pay electricity meters will still be able to cook the turkey if they forget to top up ahead of the festive celebrations.

Guernsey Electricity has extended its prepayment friendly times over Christmas and the New Year to ensure that any pre-pay meters, which are pay-as-you-go and need to be topped up, won’t automatically disconnect if they run out of credit. ‘We know islanders have a lot of things to remember ahead of the festive season and so often forget to top up before the shops shut on Christmas Eve and New... Read more »

How much energy does Santa need to power his sleigh on Christmas Eve?

tags: Christmas , Energy , Electricity

A lot is the answer. In fact, it’s so much energy that Father Christmas uses the equivalent of more than half the electricity consumed by Guernsey in a whole YEAR in just a single night.

Now, of course, we know that Santa has a highly skilled and experienced team of flying reindeer to pull his present-laden sleigh around the world during his annual Christmas Eve delivery run. However, just in case you’ve ever wondered how much energy it would take to complete this epic journey, some rather clever elves have come up with an answer and translated it into how much that equals in... Read more »

Guernsey Electricity to cover cost of illuminating Christmas lights

tags: Charity , Community

GUERNSEY Electricity has pledged to cover the cost of illuminating the Christmas lights in St Peter Port.

For the second year running, Guernsey Electricity has said it won’t charge the Constables of St Peter Port for the electricity used by the Christmas lights. ‘Guernsey Electricity has been a long standing contributor to the Christmas lights on the Bridge but decided to extend our support to St Peter Port last year. Christmas is a special time of year for our customers and we are more than happy to... Read more »

Progress on priority of direct Guernsey to France power cable

tags: Cable Links , Annual Report

PROGRESS is being made on securing a direct power cable to France that Guernsey Electricity says is a priority for the island.

A direct subsea power link would help ensure energy security for the island and could be in use in the early 2020s, according to Guernsey Electricity which has laid out its assessment about the need for the new cable in its 2015-16 annual report. Alan Bates, the company’s chief executive officer, said plans for the proposed GF1 power cable to France was now moving ahead after the successful repair... Read more »

Guernsey Electricity pension liability falls

tags: Annual Report

GUERNSEY Electricity’s pension liability has fallen by nearly a million pounds but questions about its future viability remain.

According to the company’s annual report the pension liability stands at £26.1m compared to £27m the previous year. ‘The board remains mindful of the pension position and is pleased to report that the net pension liability has reduced. The future sustainability of the scheme will continue to be reviewed. Options to reduce any adverse and unacceptable impact of providing the pension on the... Read more »

Real-terms fall in cost of electricity as reliability of supply improves

tags: Annual Report

CONSUMERS are paying less for electricity in real terms while reliability of supply has improved as a result of significant infrastructure investments made by Guernsey Electricity.

Tariffs have remained frozen for four years despite inflation running at around seven percent over the same period. ‘Prices have therefore effectively fallen in real terms, which I suspect will be a surprise to most people. Since the last tariff change in October 2012, the underlying cost drivers of wholesale price, investment and fixed costs have changed considerably but Guernsey Electricity has... Read more »

Guernsey Electricity returns to profit

tags: Annual Report

GUERNSEY Electricity has returned to profit following an operational review of the business and is moving ahead with strategic investments that will benefit the island.

The company, which is ultimately owned by the States of Guernsey, made an operating profit of £4.2m in the 2015-16 financial year compared with an operating loss of £2.4m the previous year. Overall profit before tax was £4.5m compared to a loss of £3.5m 12 months earlier. The ability to import higher levels of electricity, the lower wholesale costs of generation and a favourable Pound-Euro... Read more »

Accidental Damage To Electricity Cables Falls

tags: Click Before You Dig , Cable Avoidance

ACCIDENTAL damage to Guernsey’s electricity’s cable network continues to fall but Guernsey Electricity is urging people to check before they undertake any ground excavating or building work.

Guernsey Electricity’s free online ClickB4UDig service was launched in 2011 allowing contractors could check the location of cables before they start work to avoid damage to cables and the risk of disruption to power supplies and injuries. The service proved so successful later that year it was made available to members of the public. Guernsey Electricity also maintain a dialb4udig service where... Read more »

Vale Avenue Houses - Statement 31/10/2016

Alan Bates, chief executive officer of Guernsey Electricity, said: ‘I completely agree with Deputy Fallaize that the houses on Vale Avenue are unsightly and need to be demolished.

‘Unfortunately our hands are tied by current planning legislation and I am delighted that Deputy Fallaize intends to raise this in the States as hopefully that will lead to some progress. I, more than anyone, would love for this site to be cleared as I absolutely accept that it is an eyesore. ‘Guernsey Electricity has unsuccessfully applied to demolish these houses three times, including... Read more »

Be Safe, Be Seen, Be on the Radio!

tags: Community

Each year, Guernsey Electricity and Island FM team up to promote the Be Safe Be Seen message.

The initiative aims to make sure kids stay safe in the winter months by supplying them with reflective stickers that they can put on their bags and bikes so that they can be easily seen by drivers in the dark and wintery conditions. As part of the campaign, representatives from Guernsey Electricity and Island FM visit schools and encourage children to wear bright, reflective clothing and hand out... Read more »

Fund to improve local community in the Vale and St Sampson’s open for applications

tags: Community , Investment

A FUND dedicated to improving the local community in Vale and St Sampson’s is appealing for applications.

The Guernsey Electricity Community Fund was established last year to support small projects that would benefit parishioners in the two parishes. So far, just one application has been received and now more requests are being sought. ‘Guernsey Electricity has a strong community focus as every single islander is a customer of ours. We support dozens of charities and organisations each year, but... Read more »

Guernsey Electricity’s engine starts journey to the island tomorrow

tags: Investment , Engine

GUERNSEY Electricity’s new £15m diesel engine starts its journey to the island tomorrow and is expected to arrive next week.

The medium-speed diesel engine, known as 3D, is exactly the same specification as 2D which was installed at the Power Station in 2012.  These machines are the largest ever to be brought ashore. ‘Bringing ashore a 300 ton engine and 75 ton Alternator, which is 18m long, four metres wide and six metres high is logistically very challenging. Once ashore it then needs to be moved along Northside and... Read more »

High voltage fault causes power cut

tags: Supply Interruption

A HIGH voltage fault caused last night’s power cut in parts of St Peter Port.

The fault occurred at 9.55pm and all supplies were restored by the latest of 1.05am, however engineers were working until around 5am. The fault was located between Les Amballes and Rosaire; supplies were also affected between Mount Durand and Kings, and Mount Durand and Park Street. Read more »

Preparatory work to begin ahead of arrival of second diesel engine at Power Station

tags: Investment , Engine

WORK to install a second medium-speed diesel engine at the Power Station will begin next week.

The engine, which is called 3D, will sit alongside 2D, which was installed in D station in 2012. Energy company Wartsila will once again be responsible for the installation and commissioning of the 16.8 Megawatt engine, which weighs 376 tons. ‘This is another significant step forward in Guernsey Electricity’s long-term investment plans as we have a commitment to the local community to provide them... Read more »

New Head of Strategic Investment Project Portfolio appointed at Guernsey Electricity

tags: Appointment

GUERNSEY Electricity has appointed Victoria Sloan to head up its capital project investment portfolio.

Mrs Sloan, a chartered accountant and physics graduate, will oversee the management of priority investment projects and ensure these schemes hit agreed targets in her role as Guernsey Electricity’s portfolio lead. She will support both project delivery teams and the company’s board as part of her work. ‘Guernsey Electricity is investing in projects and infrastructure that benefit the island, and... Read more »

Normandie 1 comes ashore in Jersey but months of work still ahead

tags: Cable Links

THE new subsea power cable, which will provide electricity to Guernsey via Jersey, has successfully been brought ashore in Jersey.

Earlier this month, the 27km cable, known as Normandie 1 (N1), was laid on top of the seabed along the same route as the decommissioned interconnector EDF1 between France and Jersey. This week the cable has come ashore, been pulled up into Jersey Electricity’s Archirondel Termination Station and then buried. ‘Bringing 650 metres of beached cable across the shore is no mean feat and we’re delighted... Read more »

Response to a Guernsey Press story regarding a faulty tumble dryer

On Tuesday 23rd August, the Guernsey Press published a story concerning a Hotpoint tumble dryer which the owner claimed she could not use due to it being a fire risk and that she had incurred considerable expense having it repeatedly repaired.

Guernsey Electricity was asked to comment but did not see the story prior to publication and unfortunately it did contain some inaccuracies which may cause concern for islanders. The safety of our customers is absolutely paramount and we want to reassure our customers that we pride ourselves on the customer service we provide at the time of a purchase and afterwards. The issues concerning... Read more »

Risk, quality and compliance manager appointed at Guernsey Electricity

tags: Appointment

GUERNSEY Electricity has appointed a new risk, quality and compliance manager.

Rob Winter will manage the company’s risk register, and look at how processes can be improved to better manage risks and provide training to staff. ‘Like all companies, it is important to ensure Guernsey Electricity is aware of all the potential risks facing the business and how to mitigate those. Rob’s appointment will help us do that, which ultimately benefits our customers and the island,’ said... Read more »

Normandie 1 cable to be laid this week

tags: Cable Links , Investment

WORK to lay a new subsea power cable, which will provide electricity to Guernsey via Jersey, has started.

The cable, known as Normandie 1 (N1), left Italy on Monday 25th July and arrived in Brest, France aboard cable laying vessel, the Stemat Spirit, over the weekend. Work to lay the £40m cable along the same 27km route as the decommissioned interconnector EDF1 between France and Jersey, is now underway and will be completed in a matter of days as it is being laid on the seabed rather than under... Read more »

Scammers claiming to be Guernsey Electricity

tags: Customer

IMPORTANT NOTICE

We have been made aware of a telephone scam where customers are being called by someone pretending to be from Guernsey Electricity. The callers are phoning people at home telling them they need to renew their electricity contract and to confirm bank details. We can confirm that Guernsey Electricity will never call to confirm any bank details over the phone If you think you may have received one... Read more »

New £40m power cable leaves Italy en route for France

tags: Cable Links , Investment

A SUBSEA power cable, which will provide electricity to Guernsey via Jersey, is en route.

The cable, known as Normandie 1 (N1), will be laid along the same 27km route as the decommissioned interconnector EDF1 between France and Jersey, which came to end of its useful life in 2012 after more than 25 years in service. The cable has been manufactured in Italy and was loaded onto cable laying vessel, the Stemat Spirit, over the weekend. “The total length of 90kv subsea cable that has been... Read more »

Smooth sailing with Guernsey Electricity at the helm

tags: Community , Sponsorship

Last week the yacht race Tour Des Ports de la Manche passed through the Channel Islands, stopping at both Guernsey and Jersey.

Guernsey Electricity sponsored the Guernsey leg of the race, giving us the opportunity to support our colleagues in Normandy who are critical to the success of our undersea cable network. The race itself was once again a great success with six races seeing the fleet travel from Port-Diélette to Saint-Vaast-La-Hougue. More than 700 sailors on 99 yachts took part this year, with one boat from... Read more »

Demand for electricity drops amid heatwave

tags: Heatwave

PEAK demand for electricity dropped by more than a tenth during last weekend’s hot weather in Guernsey, compared with previous July weekends.

Guernsey Electricity has revealed that maximum demand for electricity fell from 43 Megawatts (MW) on Sunday 3 July to 40.6MW on Sunday 10 July and then to 37.8MW on Sunday 17 July. That’s a 12 per cent drop between the first and third Sundays of the month, which saw temperatures climb by more than 7C. ‘Demand changes due to weather events are very noticeable. The drop in demand during the recent... Read more »

The Tour des Ports powered by Guernsey Electricity

tags: Community

The Tour des Ports de la Manche is returning to Guernsey this July, and Guernsey Electricity is once again sponsoring the Guernsey leg of this race.

The regatta will begin on July 10 from Port-Dielette. More than 100 yachts are expected to meet on the start line to compete in races around Normandy. The fleet will head from Granville, the race’s most southerly stop, for Guernsey on July 13 and continue onto Cherbourg-En-Cotentin the following day. This nautical event is one of the largest during the summer, and is the biggest yacht race in... Read more »

Guernsey Electricity appoints new retail buying manager

tags: Employee News

Guernsey Electricity has appointed Malcolm Woodhams to the role of retail buying manager at its Northside showroom.

The role sees Mr Woodhams jointly take control of the retail shop and comes after the recent retirement of Phil Miles who spent 40 years with the company. Mr Woodhams has considerable experience in customer facing roles and joins Guernsey Electricity after 11 years working as a retail manager at another local company. Mr Woodhams said, “Being part of the retail sector on the Bridge is a great... Read more »

Maintenance work at Barkers Quarry

tags: Cable Links

Maintenance work on essential equipment at the Barkers Quarry substation will start on 6 June and is expected to take around two weeks to complete.

Barkers Quarry substation is the point where the undersea cable linking Guernsey and Jersey (GJ1) connects to the electricity grid in Guernsey. GJ1 runs from Greve du Lecq to Havelet Bay, then up the seafront to Barker’s Quarry. To safely complete the work engineers will temporarily switch off the cable and use the on-island diesel generators to meet the island’s electricity demand. Under normal... Read more »

Guernsey Electricity employees do their bit for Volunteers’ Week

tags: Volunteering

Employees from Guernsey Electricity have been doing their bit for Volunteers’ Week by helping the St Peter’s Floral Group to weed, dig and clear a greenhouse in the parish.

The volunteering comes alongside Guernsey Electricity’s sponsorship of a project that has seen the utility company support a tomato-growing initiative from ‘Seed to Soup’. The initiative involves Scouts from the 9th St Peter’s Scout Group who have been learning traditional tomato growing methods; sowing seeds, potting seedlings and planting the young plants. Guernsey Electricity communications... Read more »

Engine 3D moves a step closer

tags: Security , Engine

Guernsey Electricity has signed a contract with Finnish energy company Wartsila to deliver and install a second medium-speed diesel engine.

The engine, which is called ‘3D’, will be situated inside ‘D’ station alongside the existing engine, ‘2D’. It will have a capacity of 16.8 Megawatts. 3D will be similar in size and generation capacity to 2D and, as a quieter engine, will further reduce any impact of the power station on the surrounding area at Northside by reducing the requirement for use of older plant. Guernsey Electricity chief... Read more »

Robotics challenge success points the way for Guernsey students

tags: Community , Sponsorship

A team of students from The Ladies’ College enjoyed a successful trip to an international robotics competition run by the University of Southampton and charity Student Robotics.

The team, which was sponsored by Guernsey Electricity placed second (overall) and was awarded the ‘rookie of the year’. Comprising Katie Marquand and Rebecca Stewart; both studying A-level further maths, and their robot ‘Travis’, The Ladies College team competed against teams from all over Britain, as well as from Europe. In preparation for the competition the girls were challenged to programme... Read more »

Investigations are continuing after electricity disruptions on Liberation day

tags: Supply Interruption

Guernsey Electricity is continuing to investigate the cause of the power cut that affected Liberation Day celebrations in Guernsey and Jersey.

Working with colleagues at Jersey Electricity, the company’s engineers will establish what caused the loss of power in Jersey and the subsequent partial loss of supplies in Guernsey. Chief executive Alan Bates said: “One factor that we will take into account is that we had taken Normandie 2 (N2) temporarily out of service. This is because there were planned maintenance works being undertaken in... Read more »

Guernsey Electricity apologises for disruption on Liberation Day

tags: Supply Interruption

Guernsey Electricity is apologising to islanders after a power cut disrupted Liberation Day celebrations.

Chief executive Alan Bates said: "There was a loss of electricity supply from France at 11.06am. The loss of supply via the undersea cable meant that many parts of Guernsey lost power, while Jersey suffered an island wide power cut. We did have some on-island generation active at that time, so some areas of the island were able to stay on supply as normal. "The undersea interconnector is our... Read more »

High voltage fault in early hours

tags: HV Fault

In the early hours of this morning just after 12:15am, a high voltage fault occurred on the Trafalgar Substation on Les Monmains, Vale.

The electricity protection systems operated to isolate the fault and the Guernsey Fire and Rescue Service attended as a precaution. Guernsey Electricity Engineers were quickly on site working to restore supplies to customers. All customers were back on supply just after 2:30am. Alan Bates chief executive officer said “High voltage faults typically occur underground where the fault is contained,... Read more »

Guernsey Electricity sponsored team to take part in international robotics competition

tags: Community , Charity

A Guernsey Electricity sponsored team is set to take part in an international robotics competition this weekend.

The competition, which is run by the University of Southampton and charity Student Robotics, will see a team of two Ladies’ College students pit their robot against teams from all over Britain as well as France and Germany. The Ladies’ College girls have built their robot using a modular robotics kit provided by competition organisers and supplemented by a grant from Guernsey Electricity. The kit... Read more »

Plans for ‘3D’ engine approved

tags: Cable Links , Investment

Plans have been approved to install a second medium-speed diesel engine at the Power Station on Northside. The engine will be situated inside ‘D’ station and sit alongside the existing engine, called ‘2D’.

Guernsey Electricity chief executive, Alan Bates said: “Getting planning permission for this engine is a great step forward. We hope to have 3D commissioned and providing the island with electricity in early 2017. Its main function will be to provide security as an effective back-up to the cable link. The new engine will be similar in size and generation capacity to 2D and therefore it will... Read more »

Normandie 1 is one step closer

tags: Cable Links

Work to recover an undersea cable has been completed. EDF1, which failed in 2012, was originally installed between Jersey and France in 1985 and has been raised from the seabed in preparation for the installation of a new cable along the same route.

The 27km cable was lifted by the 2,685-tonne Norwegian-built Atlantic Carrier which has now returned to her home port in England to unload the final sections of scrap cable for disposal and recycling. The new 100MW cable, which will be known as Normandie 1, is a joint initiative between Guernsey Electricity and Jersey Electricity. The cable is currently being manufactured and tested in Italy by... Read more »

Emissions reducing year on year at the power station

tags: Carbon Reporting

The introduction of the undersea the cable link between Guernsey and Jersey in 2000 has had the single biggest impact on the island’s emissions levels.

As our recently published charts show, the cable link is the biggest factor in the level of emissions related to electricity generation in Guernsey as in general terms the level of emissions has fallen from a recent high in 2012/2013.This high was caused by the cable being out of use for repairs in 2012 as well as the limitations that were in place until Normandie 3 was commissioned in late 2014... Read more »

Retirement for retail manager after more than 40 years at Guernsey Electricity

tags: People

Guernsey Electricity’s retail manager, Phil Miles, will retire later this month after 43 years with the company.

Phil began his career at Guernsey Electricity in 1973 taking on the role of electrical apprentice working in domestic and commercial properties before moving into energy sales where he sold electric heating solutions. He was then promoted into customer services where a management position saw him coordinating Guernsey Electricity’s company service standards. In 2004 Phil became retail manager and... Read more »

Supply Interruption 12/04/2016

tags: Supply Interruption

A network fault affected areas in St Sampson today, according to Guernsey Electricity.

The fault occurred at around 8:30am on Tuesday 12 April 2016 and affected the Houmet and Tracheries area. All supplies were restored just after 10am. Guernsey Electricity apologised for any inconvenience caused to customers and said it will be investigating the cause of the fault. Read more »

Streetlight supply to be repaired

tags: Streetlights

A fault affecting cabling supplying power to streetlights on the Bridge will be repaired this weekend.

Temporary traffic lights will be in place at the bridge and work will start at 8am on Sunday 10 April. It is expected to take around 3 days to complete. The cables to be repaired supply only the street lights, so customers in the area will not be affected by the work. The work will require the streetlights to remain off so as a temporary measure Guernsey Electricity will switch on the festive... Read more »

Second phase of Normandie 1 project underway

tags: Cable Links , Investment

Guernsey Electricity’s joint initiative with Jersey Electricity - to replace the EDF1 France and Jersey cable link - has moved onto its second phase.

With almost a third of the 27km cable already recovered the 2,685-tonne Atlantic Carrier will return to assist with the second stage, which will see a further section of 10km recovered. This section of EDF1 will be offloaded in England before the final 10km is upgraded around mid-April. The 100MW replacement cable, Normandie 1 or N1, is being manufactured by Prysmian Powerlink and will be... Read more »

Customers experiencing meter clock issue

We have been advising a small number of customers about checking the date and time on their meters.

Our engineers are working on some known cases of the time being incorrect at the moment, caused by the clocks changing at the weekend. To check the time on their own meter, customers can press the button, which will be either green or orange, and scroll through the display options until they see the date and time. If it is incorrect, we would advise they contact us on 200700 and leave their... Read more »

Guernsey Electricity raises more than 2,000 for Only Fools and Donkeys

tags: Community , Calendar

Guernsey Electricity has raised a grand total of £2,237.20 from their 2016 charity calendar for local charity Only Fools and Donkeys.

The calendar featured photos of picturesque local spots taken by Guernsey Electricity employees including Grand Havre, the Bluebell Wood and Shell Beach. Dave Smart was one of the Guernsey Electricity staff members who entered the initial photography competition and won the chance to have his photograph of a poppy field in St Peters on the front cover. He also chose Only Fools and Donkeys as the... Read more »

Supply Interruption 21/03/2016

tags: Supply Interruption

A network fault affecting areas in St Sampson’s was resolved in just 20 minutes, according to Guernsey Electricity.

The fault occurred at around 12.15pm on Monday 21, March 2016 and affected a number of areas in St Sampson, including the Southside, Grand Maison Road, Les Banques and Mont Morin areas. Guernsey Electricity apologised for any inconvenience caused to customers and said it will be investigating the cause of the fault. Read more »

Tender - Vehicles, Plant & Machinery and General Building Materials

tags: Tender

Guernsey Electricity Ltd invites tenders for the following items which are surplus to requirement.

PLANT AND MACHINERY Traffic Lights Compressors Wackers Plate Rammers Jack Hammers Lighting Sets Road Saws Water Pumps Trailers Vibrating Roller Mini Diggers Petrol Wheel Barrow 18” Cross Cut Saw   GENERAL BUILDING MATERIALS Various Sizes Of Timber 25mm X 6000mm Reinforcing Bars Wooden 6ft Trestles Comfloor Sheeting Granite Sets And Quoins 4 Ft Granite Lintels 2nd Hand Roof Slates Chimney... Read more »

Getting out on his own

Apprentice Adam Bewey has made great strides in the first six months of his employment with Guernsey Electricity.

“I have been doing a lot of what we call ‘jobbing’,” he said. “This is where we go to customer’s homes and businesses to do small electrical works. In the last few months I have been trusted to complete work unsupervised as I no longer need as much hands-on help.” Back at Electricity House Adam has been working in a small team to install 3,000 meters of data cabling in the offices.  “I really... Read more »

Guernsey Electricity to donate bench to Bridge Floral group project

tags: Community

Guernsey Electricity has donated a granite bench to sit in the soon to be regenerated land opposite their showroom on Northside.

The rejuvenation of the land is part of a Bridge Floral Group campaign to brighten up the area and Guernsey Electricity’s donation comes from the ‘Community Liaison Group Fund’; set up by the firm to support community projects in the Vale and St Sampson. Work to clear the area began in 2015 with bushes and shrubs being removed and the second phase of regeneration is now underway. States Works are... Read more »

Community Liaison Group - January 2016

tags: Community

We have begun actively engaging more closely with our neighbours in Vale and St Sampson through the launch of a Community Liaison Group (CLG).

The Group is designed to help local residents, businesses, community groups and Deputies gain an in-depth understanding of the activities at Guernsey Electricity. The fourth meeting was held on 21st January 2015 at the Guernsey Electricity Control Centre. Download the presentation here. Download the minutes here. If you would like to be part of this new group please email... Read more »

Work begins on undersea cable

tags: Cable Links , Investment

Work has begun this week on the installation of another undersea electricity cable between Jersey and France.

The cable, known as Normandie 1 (or N1), is a replacement for EDF1 which came to the end of its useful life in 2012 after more than 25 years in service. The cable will be an upgrade on EDF1, with 100 Megawatts (MW) capacity instead of 55MW. The project will cost in the region of £40M which will be shared between Guernsey Electricity and Jersey Electricity as part of the joint initiative the... Read more »

Electricity customers to find out more about important events

tags: Annual Report

Guernsey Electricity is once again sending its annual report to all its customers. The double sided leaflet, which unfolds into a poster, contains important information and interesting facts and statistics about the company’s performance in 2014/2015.

The utilities’ report and accounts were approved by the States at the end of 2015, however, as in previous years; a more customer-friendly version has been produced for distribution. The leaflet includes details of the development and repair of the Channel Islands’ cable network, the increased use of the undersea interconnector cable compared to 2013/2014, the work at the power station to further... Read more »

Network faults are the result of a number of factors

tags: Supply Interruption

Faults on the island’s electricity network are caused by a number of factors, including the recent colder and wet weather, according to Guernsey Electricity.

The utility has offered further information to islanders following a series of faults in different parts of the island. Chief executive Alan Bates said: “We understand how disruptive power cuts are to customers and we apologise to anyone who has been affected. We do our best to provide information and a high level of interaction with customers during faults through our social media channels and... Read more »

Supply Interruption 07/01/2016

tags: Supply Interruption

At 18:35 yesterday evening a high voltage cable fault affected customers in St Peter Port in the areas of Queens Road, Park Street, Victoria Road, Cordier Hill, the Grange and Candie.

Our engineers worked into the night to restore the supplies but the complexity of the fault resulted in customers being without power for longer than usual. The complex nature of the repairs meant that other areas were off supply at different times with customers in the Gibauderie and Brock Road losing supplies later on in the evening. In all areas our customer supplies were restored in stages,... Read more »

Topping up your prepayment meter over Christmas

tags: Prepayment Meter

Make sure you top up your prepayment meter with enough money for the festive period.

During Christmas any customers with prepayment meters will benefit from additional “friendly times” where if you run out of credit on your meter, it will not immediately be turned off. However this does mean if you run out of credit over the Christmas weekend during the "friendly times", and you do not top up, your electricity will switch off once the "friendly times" finish on Tuesday 29th... Read more »

Only Fools and Donkeys to benefit from Guernsey Electricity’s charity calendar

tags: Community

Guernsey Electricity’s 2016 charity calendar is now on sale with all proceeds going to local charity Only Fools and Donkeys. The calendar features photos of local beauty spots captured by Guernsey Electricity employees.

This year the annual competition saw 62 entries with eight members of staff chosen to contribute to the final product. This includes striking photos of Grand Havre, Bluebell Woods and Shell Beach. Dave Smart was named the overall winner of the competition with his photograph of a poppy field in St Peters which will take the front cover. He was also given the chance to choose the charity that would... Read more »

Guernsey Electricity to light up town this Christmas

tags: Community

Guernsey Electricity will cover the electricity costs for the town Christmas lights this year.

An appeal was launched earlier this year by the Constables of St Peter Port Christmas Lights Charity to raise the £100,000 needed to keep the lights running this Christmas and in years to come. It costs around £25,000 just to put the lights up and take them down each year. This is added to the cost of replacing all the bulbs, sockets and cables which had become old and broken over the years and... Read more »

Tender - Managed print service with on-island technical support and maintenance

tags: Tender

Guernsey Electricity Limited (GEL) is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from potential suppliers capable of providing Managed Print Services.

We would like to obtain expressions of interest from suitable contractors for the following: - Managed Print Services with on-island technical support and maintenance in Guernsey If you wish to be considered for shortlisting at tender stage, please complete the pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) and return by email to the GEL contact below by 1200hrs on the 10th December 2015. Pre-Qualification... Read more »

Tender - Vehicles

tags: Tender

Guernsey Electricity invites tenders for a number of vehicles, which are surplus to requirement.

1998 Renault Midliner/Aerial hoist Reg 10761 2001 DAF FA LF45.150 with HIAB060 Reg 46486 2002 Nissan Cabstar Reg 54796 2003 Nissan Cabstar Reg 54101 2003 Renault Master Reg 63903 2003 Nissan 1 ton pick up Reg 67168 2007 Renault Trafic Reg 29078 2007 Piaggio Porter microvan Reg 74493 2008 Isuzu Grafter tipper Reg 75515   For further details or to arrange an inspection, telephone Lee Eldridge on... Read more »

Trench digging at La Vallette

tags: Community

Guernsey Electricity has worked with construction company Trant to dig a trench at La Vallette as part of a project to restore the area.

Work took place on Sunday 25 October to dig a 10 metre long trench for a water pipe leading to the Victorian toilet facilities. The utility was approached by Legacy Team leader Pat Johnson to support the community project which aims to repair the storm-battered and dilapidated bathing pools area. Hundreds of islanders volunteered their time and many local businesses have donated their services to... Read more »

Installation of engine 3D requires property acquisition

Guernsey Electricity is in the process of purchasing several properties adjacent to the Power Station site in the Vale as part of a strategic acquisition to enable the installation of engine 3D.

Chief executive Alan Bates said: “The decision to offer to buy the properties is a direct result of the strategic requirement to replace a number of the older engines, some of which are almost 40 years old. The next engine planned to be installed is 3D. “The installation of 3D, which is another new medium speed engine, is challenged by the requirements for a low noise level at the site boundary.... Read more »

Plans begin for 3D engine

tags: Investment

Guernsey Electricity has put forward plans to begin installing a further medium-speed diesel engine at the Power Station on Northside. The engine would be situated inside ‘D’ station, on the existing engine bed constructed to hold ‘2D’, the company’s newest diesel engine.

Chief executive Alan Bates said: “Despite some problems meeting the very strict noise level criteria set in the contract, the installation of 2D has been a success. The engine is very quiet, very efficient and ideally suited to the task of backing up the cable link and we have used it extensively over the last two years”. “When 2D was commissioned we built an engine bed, the concrete base which... Read more »

Guernsey Electricity invests in cable network in 2014/2015

tags: Cable Links , Annual Report

Guernsey Electricity Limited has reported an operating loss of £2.4 million as a result of preventatively repairing the GJ1 undersea cable linking Guernsey and Jersey in January.

This loss is despite a significant increase in the utility’s trading performance over the year 2014/2015 due to ongoing investment in its cable network. Guernsey Electricity carried out repairs to a damaged section of the GJ1 cable in order to reduce the likelihood of more complex, expensive issues in the future. The cost of the project to Guernsey Electricity was £3.5million. Without this... Read more »

Supply Interruption - 27/10/2015

tags: Supply Interruption

An update from Guernsey Electricity regarding the electricity supply interruption on 27/10/2015.

Yesterday at 11:05am an issue occurred with Guernsey’s on-island electricity network. The issue resulted in our protection and control system operating and therefore around 10,000 services were without electricity supplies for up to 10 minutes. Our Engineers have since identified and corrected this issue.We would like to apologise to customers for any disruption caused. Read more »

Maintenance work at Barkers Quarry

tags: Cable Links

Maintenance work on essential equipment at the Barkers Quarry substation will start on Tuesday 6th October and is expected to take around two weeks to complete.

Barkers Quarry substation is the point where the undersea cable linking Guernsey and Jersey (GJ1) connects to the electricity grid in Guernsey. GJ1 runs from Greve du Lecq to Havelet Bay, then up the seafront to Barker’s Quarry. To safely complete the work engineers will temporarily switch off the cable and use the on-island diesel generators to meet the island’s electricity demand. Where... Read more »

Community Liaison Group - September 2015

tags: Community

We have begun actively engaging more closely with our neighbours in Vale and St Sampson through the launch of a Community Liaison Group (CLG).

The Group is designed to help local residents, businesses, community groups and Deputies gain an in-depth understanding of the activities at Guernsey Electricity. The fourth meeting was held on 24th September 2015 at the Guernsey Electricity Control Centre. Download the presentation here. If you would like to be part of this new group please email clare.Packman@electricity.gg or write to:  Clare... Read more »

Guernsey Electricity Community News - September 2015

tags: Community

This is the second edition of our community newsletter that we aim to publish every six months to give you a glimpse of what we are doing to improve how Guernsey Electricity operates.

Good news as imports are up It’s already been a busy year at Guernsey Electricity, with developments which mean good news for our neighbours, our customers and the island as a whole. In February we completed the preventative repair of GJ1, the undersea electricity cable to Jersey, and in July, in partnership with Jersey Electricity, we signed a contract to install another cable between Jersey and... Read more »

Guernsey Electricity and Renewable Energy Team continue local offshore wind farm research

tags: States of Guernsey

Guernsey Electricity is working with the Renewable Energy Team (RET) at The States of Guernsey’s Commerce and Employment Department to research the feasibility of building an offshore wind farm in Guernsey.

The aim of the project is to investigate the potential of a 30MW offshore wind project for Guernsey only consumption. A 30MW offshore wind farm has the potential to generate around one third of Guernsey’s current electricity requirements. RET has already undertaken a large scale survey of local opinion into renewable energy research, as well as analysing potential sites and the financial prospects... Read more »

Electric start for Apprentice Adam

The latest intake of apprentices have joined Guernsey Electricity to begin their five year apprenticeship programme.

We will be tracking their progress over the next few weeks to see how they are getting on, starting with Adam Bewey who has joined the utility straight from school as an electrical apprentice. Adam is working in the commercial contracting department and became an apprentice so he could “earn while he learns” and found the prospect of learning a skill on the job really appealing. During his first... Read more »

Tender - Industrial Tank Cleaning Services

Guernsey Electricity is looking to to obtain tenders from suitable contractors for industrial tank cleaning services.

We would like to obtain tenders from suitable contractors for the following: - Industrial tank cleaning services to be carried out on site at GEL in Q3/Q4 2015. Please read the below instructions and complete the application form by 11th September 2015 to apply. Tender Instructions Tender Application Form To send in your application form or for further information... Read more »

Head of customer service appointed at Guernsey Electricity

Racheal Coleman has been appointed to the newly created role of head of customer service and retail at Guernsey Electricity.

With previous experience in the retail and banking sectors, Miss Coleman will introduce a customer relationship management system which will upgrade the existing IT software. Leading the customer service team, one of her priorities will be to ensure the business keeps pace with advancements in technology which will allow customers to better manage and understand their energy use online. “This is a... Read more »

Charity calendar raises £2,150 for Channel Islands Air Search

tags: Community , Charity

Guernsey Electricity’s annual charity calendar has raised £2,150 for the Channel Islands Air Search (CIAS).

The calendar featured views of the island as captured by Guernsey Electricity employees. Eight members of staff contributed to the final product, with 12 winning images of local beauty spots such as Cobo and St Martin’s Point. The overall winner of the competition, Dave Smart, nominated the CIAS as the beneficiary of the funds. His photograph of the Hanois lighthouse was chosen for the front... Read more »

Community Liaison Group - July 2015

tags: Community

We have begun actively engaging more closely with our neighbours in Vale and St Sampson through the launch of a Community Liaison Group (CLG).

The Group is designed to help local residents, businesses, community groups and Deputies gain an in-depth understanding of the activities at Guernsey Electricity. The second meeting was held on 9th June 2015 at the Peninsula Hotel. Download the presentation here. Download the minutes here. If you would like to be part of this new group please email clare.Packman@electricity.gg or write to:  Clare... Read more »

Ian Hardman appointed chairman of Guernsey Electricity Board

tags: States of Guernsey

Ian Hardman has been appointed as the new chairman of the Guernsey Electricity board of directors.

Retiring Chairman Ian Beattie has served on the board of Guernsey Electricity for 13 years as a non-executive (since 2002) and has been Chairman since 2011. Before joining the Guernsey Electricity Board as part of the company’s commercialisation Mr Beattie sat on the States of Guernsey Electricity Board for seven years. Treasury and Resources Minister Deputy Gavin St Pier said “On behalf of the... Read more »

Contract signed for latest undersea cable plans

tags: Cable Links

Guernsey Electricity has today signed a contract for the installation of another undersea electricity cable between Jersey and France.

The cable, known as Normandie 1 (or N1), is a direct replacement for EDF1 which came to the end of its useful life in 2012 after more than 25 years in service. The cable will be an upgrade on EDF1, with 100MW capacity instead of 55MW. The project will cost in the region of £40m which will be shared between Guernsey Electricity and Jersey Electricity as part of the joint initiative the Channel... Read more »

Community Liaison Group - May 2015

tags: Community

The installation of the 2D generator highlighted an opportunity to improve our communications with the local community and we have started to actively engage more closely with our neighbours in Vale and St Sampson through the launch of a Community Liaison Group (CLG).

The Group is designed to help local residents, businesses, community groups and Deputies gain an in-depth understanding of the activities at Guernsey Electricity. The first meeting was held on 20th May 2015 at the Vale Douzaine Room. Download the minutes here. Download the presentation here. If you would like to be part of this new group please email clare.Packman@electricity.gg or write to:... Read more »

Tour des Ports returns to Guernsey once again

The Tour des Ports de la Manche is returning to Guernsey this weekend as part of the 2015 edition of the regatta, with the Guernsey leg of the race again sponsored by Guernsey Electricity.

The week-long regatta takes in seven ports in the Channel Islands and Normandy, with the start this year in Barneville-Carteret on the 5th July. The first leg will then see the 100-strong fleet make their way to Guernsey where a reception on the Crown Pier will be waiting for them. “The Tour de Ports de la Manche is a popular regatta for sailing crews from Guernsey, Jersey and France and we think... Read more »

Guernsey Electricity appoints chief finance officer

Julian Turner has been appointed chief financial officer of Guernsey Electricity.

In his role, Mr Turner will be in charge of developing financial policy as well as directing all aspects of financial management including the enhancement of financial processes and controls. He will sit on the Guernsey Electricity board as an executive director. Mr Turner has worked in senior finance roles across a diverse set of companies in Europe, the Middle East and North America and has... Read more »

New roles at Guernsey Electricity

tags: Business Review

Guernsey Electricity is currently recruiting five roles within the business – as a result of the ongoing organisation review process.

A spokesperson said: “These are 4 new roles and 1 direct replacement in departments that were identified as being of increasing importance by our business review, namely the asset management function and in health and safety. “Both areas need investment in skills and experience so that the company can continue to operate as efficiently as possible - a key part of maintaining affordability for... Read more »

Guernsey Electricity bursary student wins second prize at regional public speaking competition

A former Guernsey Electricity bursary student has won second place at the regional heat of the Nuclear Institute Young Generation Network’s (YGN) annual speaking competition.

Abigail Monkhouse placed second out of six finalists in the competition, winning a prize of £200 and an invitation to the Nuclear Institute’s North West branch annual dinner. The YGN is a group of over 1,500 young nuclear professionals from across the UK. The competition was launched to develop public speaking skills in the next generation of talent in the nuclear and engineering... Read more »

Every Child Our Future teams up with Guernsey Electricity to make maths fun

tags: Community , Charity

Every Child Our Future has joined up with Guernsey Electricity to help young islanders learn vital maths skills with the donation of a special box of games and puzzles.

The charity supports initiatives to improve both literacy and numeracy skills in Guernsey and encourages people in the community to take responsibility for the education of local children. The box was purchased from the Happy Puzzle Company which offers a range of educational games, toys and puzzles for families and schools. The games are designed to make learning more engaging and interactive so... Read more »

Guernsey Electricity launches Community Group

tags: Community

The installation of 2D highlighted an opportunity to improve our communications with the local community and we have decided that we would like to actively engage more closely with our neighbours in Vale and St Sampson in the future.

In recent years the reliance on traditional generators at the power station has been reduced as more electricity is imported from France through undersea cables which reduce the power station’s operational hours. The latest generator, 2D, was installed in 2013 and is now the quietest on site as confirmed by Environmental Health and independent experts. The installation of the new generator... Read more »

Reorganisation Announcement

Guernsey Electricity is currently undertaking a rigorous review of our whole business looking for efficiency gains, better ways of working and more effective ways to serve our customers.

As part of this process we have undertaken a complete review of our organisation structure to ensure that those activities that are vital to providing security of supply and a great customer experience are clearly aligned and have appropriate executive level focus. Today we have concluded our consultation with the 190 permanent staff impacted by the restructure and have placed 173 staff into post... Read more »

Register your interest for the supply of Building Construction Maintenance services to GEL

Guernsey Electricity is looking to contract suppliers of building maintenance services.

We are looking for some or all of the following: - Masonry- Carpentry- Painting- Gardening and general clearance tasks Please read the below instructions and complete the application form by 24th April 2015 to apply. Tender Instructions Tender Application Form To send in your application form or for further information contact Tor.Matthews@electricity.gg or call 01481 200700. Alternatively you can... Read more »

Guernsey Electricity approached for cable link to Sark

tags: Cable Links , States of Guernsey

Guernsey Electricity could be asked to help make sustainable, affordable electricity a reality for Sark under new plans to introduce a cable link with the island.

If the project is approved, a subsea cable from Guernsey would provide Sark residents with low carbon, more consistent and more affordable electricity from mainland Europe. The plans were proposed by the Sark Government policy ‘Secure Sark’s Future’ which was launched last year to address concerns about the economic future of the island. Guernsey Electricity has supported the Government of Sark... Read more »

Normandie 3 trips off

tags: Cable Links

At around 5am this morning, the Channel Islands Electricity Grid (CIEG)’s new Normandie 3 link, between South Hill in Jersey and Periers in France, tripped off supply.

Normandie 2, the second link to France, remained in service and no customers lost supply in either island. Local generation in Jersey and Guernsey is now operating together with Normandie 2 and the cable between Jersey and Guernsey (GJ1) to ensure customers continue to receive a reliable electricity supply. Guernsey Electricity’s new medium speed diesel generator, known as 2D, is currently... Read more »

Reducing the impact of the power station on our neighbours

tags: Cable Links , Investment

When the undersea cable was commissioned in 2000 we were able to reduce dramatically the use of our diesel engines at the Power Station. On average, 80% of the island’s electricity was imported through the cable from France, meaning that the Power Station was much quieter and less intrusive for our neighbours due to the reduced need to generate electricity on-island, especially during the... Read more »

Awards celebrate long service at Guernsey Electricity

tags: Long Service Award

Guernsey Electricity has celebrated the long-term commitment and service of employees who have achieved significant milestones with the firm.

The annual Long Service Awards recognised 13 employees who together have clocked 260 years working at Guernsey Electricity. Ray Philippe, Dick Jones and Graham Saussey celebrated 40 years’ service having joined within months of each other in 1974. Mr Philippe started his career as an electrical mate and has worked within the electrical operations department ever since. He now works as an... Read more »

Cable repair project running to schedule

tags: Cable Links

Guernsey Electricity’s project to pre-emptively repair the undersea cable linking Guernsey and Jersey (GJ1) is underway and running according to schedule.

The repair, on a section of cable some 500metres from Les Terres Point, is scheduled to take around three to four weeks, finishing in mid to late February. Progress has been quick. Already the cable has been successfully cut at the location of the fault by a remote-control submersible. Engineers then lifted the first cut end onto the cable ship and it has been ‘jointed’ to the new section of... Read more »

Cable powered down ready for repair

tags: Cable Links

Repairs to the undersea cable linking Guernsey and Jersey are scheduled to begin as planned this week.

Guernsey Electricity has already transferred generation to the on-island fleet of engines at the power station and powered down the cable link in readiness. As of yesterday morning (Monday 19 January 2015) the island has been generating all of its own electricity. Cable repair ship ‘Ndurance’ is expected to arrive in local waters at midnight tonight (Tuesday 20 January 2015) to begin preparations... Read more »

Guernsey Electricity to carry out preventative repair on cable link

tags: Cable Links

Guernsey Electricity will be carrying out a preventative repair on the undersea cable link between Guernsey and Jersey, with work expected to begin in the second half of January.

The cable link has been under observation for some time, following testing which revealed some damage to its internal fibre optic cable that is integral to the power cable. “Due to the continuing concerns of a risk of failure of the cable we have taken the decision to undertake preventative maintenance as soon as possible,” said corporate strategy director Sally-Ann David. “We can do this because... Read more »

Guernsey Electricity statement on oil prices

tags: Cable Links , Tariffs

Guernsey Electricity chief executive Alan Bates said: “The energy markets are closely monitored by Guernsey Electricity. The island’s two sources of electricity are cable imports from France and on-island generation – which requires the importation of fuel oil.”

"Over the last couple of years the island has been dependent on on-island generation using fuel oil, last year generating 59% of the electricity demand. This has resulted in the company bearing additional costs and making losses for the last two financial years. However, at the current time, with the commissioning of Normandie 3 (the new cable between Jersey and France) we have increased... Read more »

Guernsey Electricity inspects cable link

tags: Cable Links

Guernsey Electricity is going to be undertaking detailed monitoring on the existing undersea cable link between Guernsey and Jersey.

The cable has been under continuous observation following concerns over the condition of the previously-repaired cable and its internal fibres. The area of cable which will be inspected is half a kilometre from Les Terres Point, to the south of Havelet Bay. “We have decided to undertake inspection work on the cable as soon as possible,” said managing director Alan Bates. “This work is part of our... Read more »

Guernsey Electricity’s charity calendar now on sale

tags: Community , Charity

Guernsey Electricity’s annual calendar has gone on sale this week with all proceeds going to the Channel Island Air Search.

The calendar will feature views of the island as captured by Guernsey Electricity employees. As a showcase of the creative talent at Guernsey Electricity, the competition offers an opportunity for those who took part to see their work published in the calendar. 12 winning images of local beauty spots such as a sunset at Cobo and St Martin’s Point were chosen to appear in the calendar which will be... Read more »

2013/2014 Annual Report - Guernsey Electricity in the Community

tags: Community , Charity , Annual Report

Playing an active part of the community is extremely important to us.

Our customers are all Guernsey residents as are all our staff. Supporting worthwhile causes is a key part of what we stand for, particularly if it gives our staff a chance to use their skills to benefit a good cause. This year we have again sponsored the Safety Calling initiative, which teaches Year Six students how to handle an emergency situation and gives them a chance to make a 999 call to the... Read more »

Normandie 3 makes connection to islands

tags: Cable Links , Investment , Security , Reliability

Restoring full electricity import capacity to Guernsey has moved a step closer as engineers have begun the process of ‘energising’ Normandie 3, the Channel Islands Electricity Grid’s new undersea cable connection to France.

The cable, linking Periérs in France with Jersey, has a 100MW capacity, doubling the amount of electricity the Channel Islands can import. “The project has entered a critical phase,” said Guernsey Electricity managing director Alan Bates. “With the vast majority of the cable laying and construction work complete we are now beginning testing the cable and bringing it online. The cable is already... Read more »

2013/2014 Annual Report - Securing your Supply

tags: Investment , Security , Annual Report

We all need electricity. We also want it 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. When it’s not available, we can’t do the things we want or need to do.

That’s why security of supply is so critical to our operations, and indeed why it’s a core principle of our mandate from the States of Guernsey. Security of supply is one of the main reasons for our investment in infrastructure such as the undersea cable link and our new medium speed diesel generator, otherwise known as 2D.  We believe undersea cables give us security and reliability as well as... Read more »

Power Station acoustic barrier completed

tags: Investment

Work to complete a new acoustic barrier around D power station in the Vale has been completed.

The barrier, which is between nine and 11 metres high, is next to the existing twenty five metre high power station. The barrier has been installed by Guernsey Electricity’s contractors Wartsila as part of the project to commission the company’s new medium speed diesel generator, known as 2D. “The project to install the wall has progressed well,” said operations director Bob Beebe. “The structure... Read more »

Normandie 3 nearing commissioning stage

tags: Cable Links , Security , Reliability

The Channel Island’s latest cable connection to France is almost complete following a 10 year project.

Engineers are now working on the final stages of the project in Jersey and are anticipating the testing and commissioning will begin in the next few weeks. The Channel Islands Electricity Grid expects the cable to be in full service before the end of the year, in fact, ahead of schedule. The cable link itself is made up of three major parts: the 32km, 100MW subsea cable from Armanville to Gorey,... Read more »

Contract signed for undersea cable survey

tags: Cable Links , Investment , Security , Reliability

The appointment of an undersea surveyor has brought the installation of a second electricity cable between Guernsey and Jersey one step closer.

Following States approval of the necessary loans to fund the project, Guernsey Electricity, on behalf of the CIEG, has contracted geotechnical engineering services company G-Tec to undertake a preparatory seabed survey. The survey will take around two months and will collect environmental data and search for unexploded ordnance and wreckage. The undersea ground conditions will determine whether it... Read more »

Stability the key for Guernsey Electricity

tags: States of Guernsey , Cable Links , Investment , Security , Reliability , Annual Report

Stability and the consolidation of the island’s electricity security have been the defining factors of the last year for Guernsey Electricity.

The utility is reporting a planned loss of £0.3m but importantly long-term investments have been pushed ahead and tariffs have remained at the same level since October 2012. The utility has had to take this conservative stance following the difficulties of the previous year when the failure of the undersea interconnector cable resulted in higher costs for on-island generation. In 2013/2014 the... Read more »

Poppy memorial opened by British Legion President

tags: Community , Charity

Vale Primary School children have helped to create a First World War memorial by painting poppies onto plywood boards that will be displayed along Vale Avenue.

The boards were put up on Friday 1 August and the opening was attended by Eric Le Quesne, Island President of the Royal British Legion. Denise Cohu originally came up with the idea, as she wanted to organise the art project to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War. The boards will be attached to scaffolding surrounding four houses owned by Guernsey Electricity which... Read more »

Guernsey Electricity sponsor new Youth Award

tags: Community , Charity

The Guernsey Community Foundation and Youth Commission have introduced a new Youth Award to this year’s Community Awards, in partnership with Guernsey Electricity.

To acknowledge the dedication, commitment and talent of young people the Youth Commission has successfully hosted the Bailiwick of Guernsey Young People Awards, Celebration of Achievement Evening since 2007. Guernsey Electricity has supported the awards since its inauguration. The Guernsey Community Foundation’s Community Awards are the ideal showcase for a Youth Award, which will celebrate the... Read more »

11,000 miles after 30 years!

tags: Community , Long Service Award

Jeff Holden sailed the 11,000 miles from New Zealand to Guernsey on board the 65ft yacht ‘Grey Wolf’ to celebrate his retirement.

Jeff spent 30 years with Guernsey Electricity, and after three decades helping to run the Vale power station as a Generation Engineer, he retired in January 2014. Just one week later he was on his way to New Zealand. After safely returning to Guernsey Mr Holden visited Guernsey Electricity to collect his long service award - as he was at sea during the annual presentations. Bob Beebe, operations... Read more »

Links with France reinforced during the Tour des Ports de la Manche race

tags: Community , States of Guernsey , Cable Links

Over 100 yachts visited Guernsey on Wednesday 8 July as part of the Tour des Ports de la Manche yacht race. The race is in its 30th year and over 700 sailors take part annually.

The Guernsey leg of the race was sponsored by Guernsey Electricity, who invited 50 guests to watch the race aboard the new Manche Iles monohull, the Granville.  Guests included staff from Guernsey Electricity as well as customers, Culture and Leisure representatives, members of the harbour authority, the Royal Channel Island Yacht Club and La Manche council. The boat gave guests views of the race... Read more »

Guernsey Electricity support 30th year of Tour de Ports de la Manche

tags: Community , Charity

Guernsey Electricity is sponsoring the Guernsey leg of this year’s Tour de Ports de la Manche.

The week-long regatta sets off on the 6July from Granville and will mark the 30th year of the event.  On the 8 July the Tour will sail from Guernsey to Barneville-Carteret in Normandy. The regatta is the biggest yacht race in Normandy involving around 100 yachts and over 700 sailors. .  It is organised by the Yacht Club de Granville and is sponsored by several companies including Guernsey... Read more »

Guernsey Electricity supports unveiling of Victor Hugo statue

tags: Community

On Sunday 6 July Guernsey Electricity is supporting the celebration of the centenary of the Victor Hugo statue. The statue has undergone extensive renovation this year, including restoring gilt lettering as originally applied.

There will be a delegation of guests from France including descendants of Victor Hugo’s family and the Conseil Générale of La Manche. The statue will officially be unveiled at 2.30pm and in the build-up there will be music from local bands and performers in the Candie Gardens including the Les Miserables singers, Boys Brigade band and the Scout band. After the speeches and unveiling of the statue,... Read more »

Normandie 3 - Beach operations outrun the tide

tags: Cable Links , Security , Reliability , CIEG

Work to complete cable works on the beach at Gorey have gone to plan with sub-contractor GPC Cumbria Ltd successfully feeding the cable up the beach.

The subsea section of the cable emerges from ducting underneath the dunes needing to be buried beneath the sand. The shore team had to wait for the tide on Saturday 21 June to allow them to plough a trench along the beach into which they could transfer the cable so it could be buried. The operation went exactly to plan and the beach team, which consists of three large excavators and one plough,... Read more »

Guernsey Electricity brings forward second cable to Jersey

tags: States of Guernsey , Cable Links , Investment , Security , Reliability

Planning is already underway to install and commission a second cable to Jersey in 2015, Guernsey Electricity has announced. This follows the publication today of proposals from the Treasury and Resources Department for the loans that the Company requires to fund the investment.

“This is effectively a change of our import plan,” said Managing Director Alan Bates. “We had been working to a longer timescale, looking to put a second cable along a different route, ideally to be commissioned in 2016. “However we have been monitoring the existing cable link carefully since the repair in 2012 and there are some further areas of concern. We believe that based on the condition of... Read more »

Normandie 3 - Blog 6 by Francis Murray

tags: Security , Reliability , CIEG

Preparation for the final phase of the N3 subsea cable installation has seen lots of work happening on Jersey.

Prysmian and CIEG are preparing to land the subsea cable which requires the beaching of installation vessel the Cable Enterprise. This involves the mobilisation of the Prysmian shore side team who are responsible for the safe installation of the cable as it leaves the Cable Enterprise and enters the subsea to land cable transition joint bay at Gorey. Landing the cable on the beach has provided... Read more »

Painted poppies help brighten up Vale Avenue

tags: Community , Charity

CHILDREN from Vale School are helping to brighten up Vale Avenue by painting a poppy display to mark 100 years since the First World War.

The flowers have been painted on plywood boards, which will then be attached to scaffolding surrounding four houses owned by Guernsey Electricity which are currently empty and awaiting development. The plywood boards and the red paint for the poppies have kindly been donated by Norman Piette. The idea was thought up by St Sampson’s resident Denise Cohu who wanted to organise the art project to... Read more »

Normandie 3 - Blog 5 by Francis Murray

tags: Security , Reliability , CIEG

Challenging section of route successfully completed

The Cable Enterprise has made good progress over the past week, installing approximately 5.5km of subsea cable. The Prysmian team has just successfully completed the installation of one of the most challenging sections of the subsea cable route which involved navigating the cable plough and subsea cable through a 10m high sand bank with some very demanding gradients 4km from Gorey. The Channel... Read more »

Normandie 3 - Blog 4 by Stuart Blondel

tags: Security , Reliability , CIEG

Normandie 3 is half way to Jersey

On Sunday 25th May the Normandie 3 cable installation barge 'Cable Enterprise' crossed the half-way point along its journey from the Normandy coast to Jersey. The barge is now officially in Jersey waters with 13 km left of the 32 km cable laying process to go. Construction teams are already working on the beach at Grouville to prepare the site to bring the subsea cable into the beach and through a... Read more »

2014 ACMA Conference hosted by the CIEG in Guernsey

tags: CIEG

40 delegates from telecommunication and power companies around the world travelled to Guernsey this week for the Atlantic Cable Maintenance & Repair Agreement (ACMA) Conference.

The three day conference was hosted in Guernsey on behalf of the Channel Islands Electricity Grid (CIEG). The ACMA is a non-profit cooperative subsea maintenance agreement consisting of around 60 members. Members meet annually in a different location for the conference which includes a review of the performance of the agreement, the group’s report and discussions around the future service... Read more »

Normandie 3 - Blog 3 by Francis Murray

tags: Security , Reliability , CIEG

Improved weather conditions gets cable laying back on track

With the weather conditions improving significantly from earlier this week, the laying of the Normandie 3 submarine power cable between France and Jersey has resumed.  The project has made good progress to date by installing 4.5 km of cable since Tuesday 13 May. The weather forecast is currently looking very positive for the coming week and Prysmian are confident that good progress can be made... Read more »

Normandie 3 - Blog 2 by Stuart Blondel

tags: Security , Reliability , CIEG

Gale force winds and rough sea puts cable laying operation on hold

Laying of the Normandy 3 submarine power cable between France and Jersey had to be put on hold over the weekend due to the strong winds and high seas. The cable laying vessel 'Cable Enterprise' was purposely steered into the oncoming westerly wind and set its anchors to a wide spread configuration to see out the weather system that hit the Channel Islands over the bank holiday weekend. During this... Read more »

Normandie 3 - Blog 1 by Stuart Blondel

tags: Security , Reliability , CIEG

It was a race against the tide to plough Normandie 3 into Normandy beach

Tuesday 29th April marked another milestone in the Normandy 3 subsea cable installation project. The cable shore-end, which had been partially laid on temporary rollers for approximately 600m of its length before entering an underground duct to take it through the sand dunes, was ploughed into the sand to a depth of between 1.6m and 1.9m. The operation involved several pieces of specialist heavy... Read more »

Undersea Cable laying starts on new link to France

tags: Security

The laying of the cable is underway as part of the installation of Normandie 3, the third undersea cable linking the Channel Islands to France.

The new cable will run from Periers in France to Long Beach in Jersey. Its 100MW capacity will be utilised by both Jersey Electricity and Guernsey Electricity. The cable forms part of the Channel Islands Electricity Grid along with Normandie 2, an existing 100MW cable between Jersey and France and GJ1, a 60MW cable between Guernsey and Jersey. Guernsey Electricity corporate strategy director... Read more »

Guernsey Electricity performs juggling act

tags: Security , Reliability

Guernsey Electricity managing director Alan Bates looks at the island’s power needs and the balancing act energy providers have in keeping the lights on and the prices reasonable.

We all need electricity and we all want it 60 minutes an hour, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. Of course, we also want it to be cheap. On top of all of that, we want it to be clean, green and renewable.  This is the challenge that faces the energy industry in the 21st century. How do we balance the needs of our customers for secure, affordable, sustainable energy? The three... Read more »

Strategy confirms investment in cable links is vital

tags: States of Guernsey , Cable Links , Investment

The States of Guernsey’s recently published Electricity Strategy shows the importance of cable links to the island’s energy supply, according to Guernsey Electricity managing director Alan Bates.

“Our long term strategy is to invest in undersea connections to Europe. We have shown our commitment to this over the last couple of years through our involvement in the new cable link between Jersey and France which will increase our import capacity and we have also been active in planning for further cable links between Guernsey and Jersey and direct from Guernsey to France. “Installing new... Read more »

GSPCA cattery benefits from sales of Guernsey Electricity’s 2014 calendar

tags: Community , Charity

Sales of Guernsey Electricity’s 2014 calendar have raised £2,313 for the GSPCA.

The calendar features views of the island as captured by Guernsey Electricity employees and the images were submitted as part of a competition for staff to show off their creative talents. The money raised will be used to develop the GSPCA’s cattery. The charity rehomes between 150-300 cats a year and help over 1000 cats every year that are stray, injured, unwanted and feral. The GSPCA has been... Read more »

Canteen vouchers sponsored by Guernsey Electricity are keeping students in school

tags: Community

Guernsey Electricity is supporting a new voucher initiative at Les Beaucamps High School to encourage students to keep up their attendance.

Students who achieve a 100% attendance rate the previous week are entered into a weekly draw where they can win £5 in canteen vouchers. The scheme has already proved successful in trial runs and now, with the support of Guernsey Electricity, the school and the school’s PTA, a winner is awarded from each year group per week. Helen Banks, Assistant Head Teacher at Les Beaucamps, said: “We found that... Read more »

Power supplies restored within half an hour

tags: Supply Interruption

Parts of Guernsey experienced a power outage this morning with the Castel, St Andrew, the southern parishes and areas around the Bridge affected.

The outage began at 9.13am and supply was restored to all customers by 9.40am. The cause of the outage was an interruption in the supply of electricity through the cable link between Jersey and France which had knock-on effects for both Jersey, where there was an island wide outage, and Guernsey. The likely cause of this interruption was a lightning strike on the electricity network in France;... Read more »

Guernsey Electricity reminds island’s school children to Be Safe and Be Seen

tags: Community

Guernsey Electricity is reminding islanders to stay safe on the roads during the winter through the annual ‘Be safe Be Seen’ campaign in association with Island FM.

The initiative aims to make sure kids stay safe on their way to and from school by supplying them with reflective stickers that they can put on their bags and bikes so that they can be easily seen by drivers in the dark and wintery conditions. Guernsey Electricity and Island FM along with the Guernsey Police will also be attending schools in the coming weeks to distribute the stickers and give... Read more »

Beavers troop tour Guernsey Electricity

tags: Community

The 9th St Peters’ Beavers troop recently visited Guernsey Electricity for a tour of the power station at Northside.

24 beavers, 12 parents and their troop leader Laura Le Maitre were shown around the control centre and two of the stations, including the new engine 2D, by senior maintenance engineer, Lloyd Le Page. The troop learnt how electricity is generated in the station and how it gets from the station to people’s homes around the island. They were also taught about the cable link with France and were shown... Read more »

Guernsey Electricity Staff Beachwatch Bordeaux

tags: Community

Staff from Guernsey Electricity and their family and friends took part in the Marine Conservation Society’s Beachwatch Big Weekend event last Sunday.

Staff from Guernsey Electricity and their family and friends took part in the Marine Conservation Society’s Beachwatch Big Weekend event last Sunday. Beachwatch is a UK-wide clean up and survey of beach litter involving local communities and volunteers. Beachwatch Big Weekend is the society’s annual national event and part of the international coastal clean-up, when people all over the world clean... Read more »

Guernsey Electricity’s charity calendar now on sale

tags: Community , Charity

Guernsey Electricity’s annual calendar has gone on sale this week with all proceeds going to the GSPCA. The calendar will feature views of the island as captured by Guernsey Electricity employees.

The stunning images were submitted as part of a competition for staff to show off their creative talents. 12 winning images of local beauty spots such as a snowy Vale Church and Lihou Island in the summertime were chosen to appear in the calendar which will be available from the Guernsey Electricity shop, Pet Cabin, Vets for Pets, the GSPCA, Oatlands, Guernsey Airport, Queens Road Doctors Surgery... Read more »