Goole Wind Farms

Google Wind Farm
Value:  £44 million
 
Contracts used: NEC ECC Option A for Civil (£6.3 million) and Electrical (£5.1 million) works
 
Start/finish: 22 December 2012 to 30 September 2014

PROJECT TEAM

  • Tim Daldry – Project Manager -  RWE Innogy UK Ltd
  • Joel Hubbard – Procurement Manager – RWE Innogy UK Ltd
  • Tristram Browne – Site Agent – Farrans Construction Ltd
  • Martin O’Neill – Contract Manager – Farrans Construction Ltd
  • Kevin McKeown – Commercial Manager – Farrans Construction Ltd
  • Sean Harvey – Project Director – Balfour Beatty Construction Services UK
  • Paul Fryer – Managing Quantity Surveyor – Balfour Beatty Construction Services UK
  • Adam Potter – Project Manager – Senvion UK

THE PROJECT

Goole Fields Wind Farm is a sixteen turbine wind scheme 3km south of Goole. It included, amongst others, the construction of a 66/33kV substation, site tracks, hardstandings, turbine foundations and turbine transformer enclosures.

The project itself delivers up to 32.8MW of green electricity into the Northern Powergrid system thus making a sizable contribution to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

COLLABORATION

  • During the procurement phase there was focus on selecting Contractors, who amongst other criteria, demonstrated a solid understanding of the NEC form and in particular with reference to other projects that had been delivered successfully in the spirit of  “Mutual Trust and Co-operation”.
  • The Goole Fields Wind Farm project started construction in January 2012 at which time the main Site project team first came together. As with any team, the early months were about the team and parties settling into the project and understanding each other’s requirements. At all times, even during the formation of the team, there was a spirit of mutual trust and co-operation between all individuals.
  • This was demonstrated by the fact that the project ran with a RADAR issue which prevented the turbines from being put into operation and therefore RWE took the decision not to manufacture the turbines until the RADAR issue was resolved. This led to a delay on the project of approximately twelve months which meant the civil and electrical works were completed significantly in advance of the arrival of the turbines. Indeed two separate periods of demobilisation resulted from the delay.
  • With such delays there is the possibility of contractual difficulties resulting but this did not occur on Goole Fields as the relationships between the parties were already on excellent terms and the additional costs incurred by the contractors were fairly established and reimbursed. This professional and ethical approach to the project ensured that when the turbines finally arrived that all parties remobilised very effectively in 2014 to complete the works on the project with the result that Completion occurred on the 30/09/14.
  • It was the continual approach that all parties were one team, that fostered the spirit of mutual trust and cooperation which ultimately resulted in the Goole Fields Wind Farm being a successful project despite the years delay and resulting increase in costs.
  • The project was also a success in terms of the project being well received by the local community and the Landowners, which clearly demonstrates that a well-managed project with mutual trust and cooperation actually goes outside the contractual relationship in terms of fostering good relations with all stakeholders.

JUDGES’ COMMENTS 

"Exceptional challenges, resulting in delays of over a year to one critical subcontract – all overcome through good collaborative use of the NEC and intense co-operation.

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