Ben Aketil Windfarm
4 Month Project July - Oct 2010

Ben Aketil Windfarm

InterFace supplied a site representative for Enercon GmbH, responsible for co-ordinating HSE, turbine installation, commissioning, trial running and maintenance at the Ben Aketil onshore wind farm to meet the requirements of the developer (Falck Renewables) and their principle contractor (Morrisons Construction). This was during the two turbine extension to the existing ten turbine windfarm.

Tasks included: -

  • Conducting weekly compliance audit of site activities
  • Providing HSE advice and support to project management (based in Germany)
  • Liaising with Principle contractor to ensure all client requirements were met in a timely and effective manner
  • Managing site installation team (German nationals), lifting contractors (English), commissioning team (German nationals), and locally based service team
  • Delivering inductions for all contractors and ensuring toolbox talks given before tasks proceeded
  • Developing local amendments to risk assessments and method statements
  • Conducting competence checks on all contractors and organising training where shortfalls were identified
  • Ensuring permits to work issued by various parties, prior to tasks commencing
  • Checking adherence to PPE requirements and monitoring equipment

Specific project challenges

  • The famous midges!
  • Excessive wind speeds
  • Helping the installation 
technicians understand the requirements of UK H&S regulations and ensuring they complied with them
  • Inconsistent mobile communications
  • Having to develop local risk assessments and method statements at short notice to ensure the installation schedule was
    adhered to


Blade delivery to site
Blade delivery to site
Another day, another turbine
Another day, another turbine