Major Exercise at LPG Plant in Stornoway

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A Major Multi Agency “Live” Exercise is to take place at Scotland Gas Networks LPG Plant, Sandwick Road, Stornoway at 7.30pm on Tuesday 30th August.

Around 60 personnel from 12 agencies will take part in a “Live” COMAH (Control Of Major Accident Hazards Regs 1999) Exercise at the Scotland Gas Networks (SGN) LPG Plant, Sandwick Road, Stornoway at 7.30pm on Tuesday the 30th of August. The exercise will last for approximately two hours.

The Exercise is being jointly sponsored by SGN and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and is part of the Statutory 3 yearly “on site” and “off site” exercise programme.

Exercise Director, Andy MacDonald, Risk & Emergency Planning Manager at CNES stated:

“A multi-agency planning team was established earlier in the year under the auspices of the Western Isles Emergency Planning Coordinating Group (WIEPCG). A decision was taken to deliver a controlled “Live” Exercise at the SGN LPG Plant, Stornoway in 2011 involving all the Emergency Services and key local Resilience partners. The aim of the Exercise is to test our statutory plans, validate key concepts within the plans and test our multi agency response, capabilities and communications.

“Live” Exercises are very resource intensive and the scenario will test all agencies participating. In addition to the 60 plus participants on site, the A&E Department at the Western Isles Hospital will be receiving role playing casualties following stabilisation by a medical team at the Exercise Site. This “live event” is an opportunity that only comes around every 6 – 9 years at the Plant as “desk based” exercises take place in other years. A number of mainland based Observers are attending along with Regulators HSE and SEPA, and we are certain to learn lessons from the event and develop competencies, all of which will be fed back into our agencies following debriefs and the publication of an Exercise Report.”

SGN have sent information to all residences within the designated Public Information Zone notifying occupiers of the Exercise, and indicating that they will be testing the “Site Warning Siren” at 10am, 30th August 2011. In the event of an emergency situation, the siren would be used to warn members of the public of an incident that has the potential to affect people outside the site. The siren testing will take place for no more than an hour, with the siren sounding for a maximum duration of three minutes each time.

The Exercise at the LPG plant should finish around 9.30pm. There should be no disruption to motorists and local businesses as a result of the exercise, and traffic management will be in place to deal with vehicles arriving and leaving the Exercise Site.