We were appointed as a technical advisor and FIDIC engineer on the project. The client’s aim was to increase the amount of power generated in the west of Scotland. The key challenge was to assess the risks associated with the development of the wind farm. The client required development of an outline design for the project. Ecological restraints including exclusion zones for red throated divers, golden eagles and black grouse influenced how the project was handled.
Over 100 of our engineers were employed throughout this project. We were able to provide multidisciplinary technical specialists and experienced engineers that were readily available whenever a problem arose. We undertook a feasibility study and a ground investigation study. A site investigation was also required. We offered support throughout the procurement process, contracts and employer’s technical requirements. We employed permanent on-site project managers, civil engineers, electrical engineers and turbine specialists during the erection process and ensured the involvement of land owners. Our engineers teamed up with ecological clerk of works (ECoWs) to consider the contractors’ environmental method statements to find compliant solutions to stringent environmental and ecological restraints imposed by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and planning conditions. We also provided turbine transport analysis for route and planning purposes as well as advising our client during dealings with Argyll and Bute local authority.
Our capability to provide a vast resource of multidisciplinary specialists allowed for quick and innovative solutions. Consequently, the project was kept to schedule and on budget and is now in full operation.