Smoke was ‘nothing sinister’

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BROWN smoke being emitted from Spalding’s power station last week was nothing sinister, the engineering manager has assured.

Motorist Greg Sayer, from Derby, was alarmed at the sight of what he called the chimneys “spewing out brown smoke”.

He said: “I stopped my car thinking something was wrong because that’s supposed to be clean fuel.”

However, Spalding Energy Plant engineering manager Stephen Jackson said the brown emissions were a normal part of a start up of a gas turbine after a piece of machinery broke down or was shut down as a result of instructions from the National Grid regarding supply.

On Thursday, an interruption in electrical supply from an external source resulted in one of the machines shutting down.

Stephen said: “It’s nothing sinister. It’s purely a visual emission which happens at a certain stage of the start up process.”