19th April 2017
Farrans has received praise for the early completion of Harburnhead Windfarm - a 52MW, 22 turbine site, located 20 miles South-West of Edinburgh.
Wayne Cranstone, Chief Operating Officer at FIM Services Limited, which specialises in sustainable forestry and renewable energy investments, praised the team in the wake of the recent project completion.
"Farrans were an excellent partner in this project, providing Balance of Plant at competitive rates. It was great working with them and they finished the job early which was really important given the Renewable Obligation Certificate deadline", he said.
The Renewables Obligation scheme has helped support large-scale renewable electricity projects across the UK in recent years. The scheme closed to new generating capacity at the end of last month.
Farrans Project Manager, Tristram Browne, highlighted this deadline and the “extremely tight programme” as major challenges on the project - but challenges which the site team felt determined to overcome.
He applauded the team's approach to other obstacles, including working on particularly difficult terrain, given that the site contained historical mine workings and overlying peat depths of up to 8.5m.
“All aggregates had to be imported due to the lack of suitable on-site materials – something which introduced a huge logistical challenge in order to meet the key programme completion dates,” Tristram said.
The difficult ground conditions and historical mine workings required micro-siting of several turbines in order to mitigate risks on the site. Over the course of the project, 9km of access tracks were constructed and extensive mechanical and electrical works carried out.
Earlier this month, a traditional bagpipe performance helped set the celebratory tone at the official opening, where Natural Power’s Jeremy Sainsbury (OBE) took great delight in unveiling the official plaque at the site’s control building.
After the ceremony, Kerr Willis, Senior Construction Project Manager at Natural Power, paid tribute to the Farrans team upon reaching this final milestone.
“Farrans proved they could deliver their own contract commitments on time as well as coordinate with the turbine supplier to accommodate early delivery of components,” she said.
“Effective programme management was key to the success of Harburnhead and Farrans executed the role effortlessly.”