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European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre, Aberdeen


Project: European Offshore Wind Deployment Centres, Aberdeen | Contractor: J. Murphy & Sons Limited

The gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) at this windfarm protects the wind turbines from overloads and short circuits and is a critical piece of machinery. Instruments located on top of the switchgear must be regularly inspected and maintained, and safe access for on-site personnel is paramount – but site limitations in this instance presented complex challenges which Dura Composites were able to solve.

The shape and size of the unit made it impossible to use usual design methods, so following a consultation with their design team, Dura Composites’ engineers were able to perform an analysis which resulted in the selection of a single heavy-duty handrail and beam to connect two end frames, created from Dura Profile, and support the Dura Grating floor panels.

The finished design had several conflicts with the usual standards used to build plant access platforms, but with their significant design, fabrication and installation expertise, Dura Composites was confident that it would meet the client’s exacting requirements.

A design Risk Assessment was conducted to identify and mitigate any residual risk, and the design was altered to incorporate a self-closing door before being presented for approval.

With approval granted, fabrication could commence, with the Dura Install Team cutting the Dura Grating flooring panels in situ to allow them to fit around the tricky format of the switchgear.

Whilst the end client benefited from the eliminations of residual risk when maintaining the GIS, Dura Composites client J. Murphy & Sons also benefitted from a completed managed package that provided a hassle-free, safe and non-conductive bespoke solution to a complex problem.

“The platform was delivered and installed as planned. We’d like to commend your installation team for a proactive approach and professional attitude.”

Andrew Gaft MSc MIET MAPM, Projects Manager, J. Murphy & Sons Limited

Health & Safety Accreditation

The Dura Composites Riser Installation team is committed to excellence in health and safety standards across all its working environments. We invest in specialist training for all our staff, and our GRP installation operatives are IPA and PASMA qualified.

We are pleased to have gained a SMAS Worksafe certificate which means that we have met the SSIP core criteria recognised by the HSE and other SSIP accreditation schemes. All installation teams are supervised by an SSSTS trained supervisor, and all operatives carry CSCS cards, so you can be confident in choosing us. The company is also ISO 9001 certified – a quality management system that helps us continually monitor and manage quality in order to achieve, and benchmark, high performance and service. Find out more about our Health and Safety in Riser Installation.

Dura Grating Riser Floor

As well as our proprietary riser support system and galvanised steel Dura Box shuttering system, we can also supply and install our market-leading Dura Grating – a safe, anti-slip, easy to install and lightweight riser flooring solution.

Compatible with our galvanised steel Dura Box our GRP Dura Grating is made from high-strength composite fiberglass and is both non-conductive and chemically resistant.

Available in standard mesh, mini mesh and covered grating versions, Dura Grating offers a safe and robust permanent or temporary protection solution for riser voids in a range of construction environments.

Find out more about our Service and Lift Riser Solutions.

Benefits of Dura Riser Flooring:

  • Suited to All Building Types
  • Lightweight & Non-Conductive
  • Provides Immediate Protection
  • No Hot Works Permits Needed

Dura Composites’ Riser Services:

  • Riser product supply and installation
  • Full design capabilities with PI insurance for design
  • Site inspections
  • Remedial works and service cut out
  • In-house structural engineer and CAD team
  • Consultation and project advice
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