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SSE Thermal sites achieve international Asset Management standard

26 Apr 2023

SSE Thermal’s commitment to the highest of standards has been underlined – with a trio of our sites achieving ISO 55001 certification.

Our operational sites are the beating heart of our business, playing a vital role in keeping the lights on across the UK and Ireland. Now, three of those sites are celebrating after receiving the certification which recognises best practice in Asset Management.

Our power station at Peterhead and our two Gas Storage sites in the Humber have received the certification from the BSI. In addition to existing operations, both locations are essential to our low-carbon vision with progress being made on our carbon capture and hydrogen projects.

Work is now underway to secure the certification for our other sites across the UK and Ireland, all of which already hold ISO 45001 (health and safety) and ISO 14001 (environment) certification, underlining the integrated management system in place within SSE Thermal.

The Asset Management certification highlights the expertise of our people as well as the systems and processes we have in place to manage our assets – all of which are crucial as we endeavour to keep the lights on while working towards our net zero targets.

Marc Rudd, Director of Engineering and Asset Management, said: “Successful asset management cannot be achieved in a silo – it requires a truly integrated approach which combines the best people with robust systems and processes. These awards are recognition of work we have done to ensure our sites are managed to a globally-recognised standard and are testament to our brilliant teams.

Mark Hayward, Director of Operations, said: “This will not only benefit our existing sites, which play a hugely important role in the energy system of today, it will also guide us as we bring forward innovative new carbon capture and hydrogen projects which will power the net zero transition.”

Audit preparations have been ongoing in recent months with site teams and supported by our newly developed digital Asset Management platform. During the audit, we were able to clearly signpost how our business-as-usual activity matched the expectations laid out in the standard while demonstrating how our activities support the delivery of our strategic objectives.

Kubeshnee Chetty, Head of Asset Management, said: The first Phase of ISO certification has had a fantastic outcome. It’s really great to see the line of sight and alignment of the Thermal strategy and asset management objectives fully embraced by everyone working together to ensure we deliver value within SSE Thermal.”

"Our proposed low-carbon power stations at Tarbert and Platin can play a crucial role in Ireland’s net zero transition and these provisional contracts reflect their potential."

Catherine Raw, Managing Director of SSE Thermal

Catherine added: “Beyond helping to address security of supply concerns through the use of sustainable biofuels, sites like Tarbert and Platin could later become lighthouses for the integration of the existing energy system with a new hydrogen economy, capitalising upon Ireland’s enviable wind resource. Developing hydrogen-ready power stations is one of the first steps towards this and we look forward to progressing both projects into planning this year.

“We are also pleased to secure provisional contracts for our existing units at Great Island, Rhode and Tawnaghmore which continue to make a valuable contribution to the electricity system in Ireland. Ultimately, they will help to keep the lights on and provide valuable backup to renewables whilst lower carbon alternatives are being developed.”

These provisional results are subject to approval by the Regulatory Authorities and are expected to be confirmed in April.

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