Larne Grammar students switch on to lessons at AES Ballylumford

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A group of Larne Grammar School Year 10 pupils havepaid an industrial visit to the AES Power station at Ballylumford, as part of their geography course.

The energy unit of the course covers the generation of electricity, its impacts on the environment, the implications resulting from our reliance on electricity and climate change.

The pupils made their way to Ballylumford by catching the Islandmagee ferry from Larne Harbour and walking the short distance to the power station.

At the gates they were met by two of the company’s Health and Safety team – Ray Currie and Jim Brown - who issued passes and guided the pupils to the site’s training room for a briefing before lunch.

After listening to a presentation on the operation of the fossil fuel natural gas fired power station, including some of the issues and controversy surrounding renewable sources of energy, the pupils were taken on a tour of the two operational stations.

They began by entering the gas turbine ‘C Station’, before rounding off their trip in the older and soon to be decommissioned ‘B Station’.

The tour included visiting the control rooms of both stations as well as giving the pupils the chance to viewthe turbine halls and associated sites.

The trip gave pupils a real insight into the power generation industry.

The geography department is indebted to AES Ballylumford and Ray Currie and Jim Brown who expertly hosted and guided the pupils around their impressive facility.