Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm
FLOORING, HANDRAILING AND TRENCH COVERS | CASE STUDY
Unlocking the Power of GRP for the Energy Industry
GRP composites can provide major design flexibility, time saving benefits and significant lifecycle advantages over traditional materials such as steel and concrete, and recent clarification of key standards areas such as fire performance have made them more accessible than ever. Tailored properties such as strength, stiffness, weight and colour can be engineered by product design at the early stages of development and applications for GRP within the energy industry include raised bund flooring, pedestrian walkways, trench and duct covers, access gratings, ladders, handrails and structures.
Featured Products: Dura Grating
Dura Grating is a market leading fibreglass grating solution which is designed to withstand the harshest of industrial and commercial environments.
GRP Dura Grating requires little or no maintenance and its lightweight nature makes it easier to handle and install than metal grating. It is available in Standard Mesh, Mini Mesh and Micro Mesh versions for maximum versatility. In this project, the bund flooring was particularly bespoke as it had an unusual depth of 1 metre. For advice or Technical support, please contact the Dura Composites Industrial team on +44 1255 440290.
Project: Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm Murray Firth, North Sea
Clients: R J McLeod & Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division
The Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm is a wind farm close to the Beatrice oil field in the Moray Firth, 13 km off the north east coast of Scotland. Scotland’s single largest source of renewable energy, this £2.65bn project involves 84 Siemens Gamesa turbines and achieves 588MW of electricity.
Dura Composites specialises in the supply of high quality non-conductive Glass Reinforced Polymer (GRP) grating, handrail and slab products which are ideal for use in electrified environments across the energy and utilities industries.
Our clients, RJ McLeod and Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division were looking for a material for the Beatrice project which was nonconductive, met specific load classes, was easy to install, corrosion-resistant, slip-resistant, and that could comply with the existing colour scheme currently employed for similar projects.
Dura Composites extensive GRP product range meant that we could provide liveload tested solutions for a vast range of applications across the site. Our flooring products feature UV inhibitors which protect against sun degradation and the innovative anti-slip surface is tested to an incredible 1.1 million footfalls in accordance with BS 7976-2:2002+A1:2013.
For more information on our GRP products please call Joe Hunt on 01255 440290.
Commenting on the Beatrice project, Joe Hunt, Industrial Sales Manager said:
“This was an extremely exciting project where we were able to showcase the breadth of our offering – often in technically challenging locations.
Solutions installed at the substation included GRP raised bund access flooring with pedestals, GRP Vehicular Open Mesh Trench Covers (C250 Rated), GRP Vehicular Solid Drawpit Covers (C250 Rated), GRP Up & Over Fabrication Stair Access, GRP Modular KeyClamp Handrailing and GRP Building Access Fabrication Stairs.
By choosing durable GRP composites over more traditional materials, our clients were able to ensure that their maintenance contractors and on-site personnel can carry out their tasks safely and efficiently with minimal risk . The products all offer excellent lifecycle benefits for our end client and we look forward to working on future projects that help deliver both safety and long-term value for the Energy Industry.”
Health & Safety Accreditation
The Dura Composites 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 UKAS 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.