Following a competitive tender, Natural Power has been appointed by SSE Renewables to provide Environmental Clerk of Works (ECoW) roles on site at the Clyde Extension Wind Farm where the main construction activities commenced last month.
Natural Power will provide services to SSE Renewables throughout the construction of the Clyde extension project which is expected to take place over two years.
Kelly Wyness, Principal Hydrologist, Natural Power, said: “We’re delighted to continue working with SSE Renewables on the Clyde Extension project. The scope of the project allows us to utilise our core skills in the area of environmental management through the provision of mitigation measures advice during the construction phase of renewable developments.
“Our expertise and experience puts us in an ideal position, working closely with SSE Renewables and contractors, to deliver these services, ensuring that the construction of this development has a minimal adverse impact on surrounding sensitivities.”
Natural Power has two full-time employees on site: Adam Anderson as Ecological Clerk of Works and Jenny Kirkpatrick as Hydrological Clerk of Works. They will liaise with the project management team and onsite contractor to ensure adherence with planning commitments, best practice and legislation whilst at the same time provide pro-active advice to ensure the project timescales are on track. For example, advising on the appropriate measures for ensuring the management of protected species, sensitive habitats as well as site drainage matters, with the latter being supported by strategic water quality monitoring.
SSE Renewables was granted consent by the Scottish Government in 2014 to construct and operate a 54 turbine extension to the existing Clyde wind farm situated between Biggar, Abington and Moffat. The extension site is located in the land surrounding Camps Reservoir to the north-east of the existing Clyde Wind Farm, situated within both Scottish Borders and South Lanarkshire Council areas and will provide an installed capacity of 172.8MW.
The project is expected to bring a number of benefits to the Scottish economy including job creation, skills training, opportunities for local and Scotland-wide businesses, and a community benefit fund worth over £20m over the lifetime of the wind farm.
Clyde Extension could contribute as much as £121.1m to the Scottish economy during the construction phase and is expected, on average, to support around 500 jobs in Scotland through SSE Renewables’ supply chain contracts.