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DTL lecturer heads to the South Atlantic

DTL lecturer heads to the South Atlantic

30 August 2018

A lecturer from Develop Training Limited (DTL) will be spending three weeks among the Green Turtles and Yellow Fin Tuna of Ascension Island to deliver one of the company’s most unusual assignments.

DTL has won a contract from Babcock Communications Limited to provide High Voltage (HV) training for operatives maintaining the HV network on the isolated volcanic island in the South Atlantic.

Flying in with the RAF

Commercial flights to the island are in short supply since the Airbridge was cancelled in April 2017 due to runway issues; this means that HV Lecturer, Stuart Gilby, will be travelling for much longer than the previous 8 hour flight direct from RAF Brize Norton.

Stuart will be delivering training on site for two weeks, but the trip has been extended to three weeks to allow him to catch the commercial flight out. Even then it will take Stuart over 48 hours, and several flights, to make the long journey home to North-West England.

Powering BBC World Service shortwave transmissions to Africa

Five wind turbines on Ascension Island help to sustainably power BBC World Service shortwave transmissions to Africa. The 53-metre-tall wind turbines were made by Enercon in Germany, who chartered a ship to deliver them, and can collectively deliver up to 1650kW on a windy day. Power from the wind farm goes directly into the island’s electricity grid, which uses between 1000kW and 3000kW depending on the time of day and the BBC transmitting schedule.

HV specialist

DTL specialises in learning and development for the utilities and construction sectors and delivers low and high voltage training at its UK centres nationwide, as well as at client sites. Find out more about the wide range of electrical training offered by DTL here.

We'll be catching up with Stuart upon his return to find out more about his unique experience and once in a lifetime opportunity to visit the island - stay tuned!

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