Contract goes out to tender

Another milestone – the contract for the on site construction work went out to tender this week.  This contract covers the excavation, concrete foundations, turbine house, pipework, in short everything required to prepare the site for the installation of the generating equipment.

Provided the City of Edinburgh completes the legal paperwork for the lease (heads of terms were approved by the Councillors in March 2013) there should be visible signs of progress by this summer with an autumn completion being the target.

The Budget and EIS

The Chancellor’s budget announcements proposed some changes to EIS eligibility and some members have been asking if this affects us.

We have inquired and all the advice is that the likely changes will not affect Hydro or Community ventures.  However until the Finance Bill is published (circa June) no one is certain; even HMRC can’t be anymore definite than that.

Clerk of Works

The contract for the on site civil work is almost ready to go out to tender, the aim being to be on site April/May this year. We think we have all the technical and contractual details in hand but need someone on site while work is being done.  In short we are looking for a Clerk of Works, someone who has construction experience and will be our ‘eyes and ears’ while work is being undertaken.  If you think you might be interested. or know someone who might be, then please use the Contact Us button to record an expression of interest.

Equipment Ordered

A big step forward . . . we’ve ordered the turbine!!

Negotiations with the City of Edinburgh engineers took longer than expected, but following an amicable meeting on Friday 7th confirmation that CEC Estates have been formally asked to proceed with legal process of putting the site lease into action has been received.  This was the news the Board had been waiting for, accordingly the contract to supply the turbine, generator and the control system was signed on Tuesday 11th. There is still much to do but if all goes to plan we will be generating electricity in October this year.

Equipment Selection

Another landmark approaches.  Having analysed the water flow information and considered all the options our design engineers, Adrian Laycock Ltd, have recommended the turbine, generator and controls best suited to our scheme.  The technical team have reviewed and accepted the recommendations and expect to be able to place an order early in the new year.

Detailed Design

Following a meeting with the City’s flood prevention team and the Panel Engineer responsible for approving any changes and ensuring the integrity of the dam it became clear that a detailed design of the hydrology is needed to obtain their approval. Accordingly the hydrology design has been separated from the main contract and we will shortly be commissioning a design engineer to undertake this work.