Fullabrook Wind Farm in Devon, England’s largest onshore wind farm and ESB Wind Development’s first wind farm construction project in Great Britain, has been shortlisted for the Large Project Award at the Inaugural Renewables UK Energy Awards 2012. The 66MW wind farm was constructed within 13 months using a multi-contract model managed by ESB International. The project comprises 22 Vestas V90 3MW turbines with a connection into the Western Power Distribution (WPD) 132kV grid system. The main electrical works were provided by Gaeltec-KTL and the site civil works by John Sisk & Sons.
The project involved the full roll out of ESB Wind Development’s revised Safety Management Strategy, which requires each of the main contractors to commit to a shared Project Safety Vision. “This, combined with visible leadership, focused safety audits and a commitment to ‘near miss/good catch’ reporting and analysis, resulted in over 147,000 contractor hours being delivered with no lost time injuries, and only one minor injury.” explains Sean Hegarty, Engineering Manager, ESB International.
The project also received a gold award at the recently held ‘Considerate Constructors’ award.
The RenewableUK Awards 2012, which recognise achievement and excellence in renewable energy, will take place on 27 June in the Intercontinental London Park Lane. Fullabrook is one of six finalists in the Large Company category.
ESB International is a leading international engineering consultancy which provides effective client solutions relating to the planning, development, construction and operations of electricity asset portfolios. It is wholly owned by ESB, the Irish State-owned, vertically integrated electricity utility established in 1927
RenewableUK (formerly BWEA) is the trade and professional body for the UK wind and marine renewables industries. Formed in 1978, and with 644 corporate members, RenewableUK is the leading renewable energy trade association in the UK.