During the preparations for deployment of OpenHydro's Open-Centre Tidal Turbine, Aquatera provided facilities and helped to coordinate services from subcontractors who subsequently provided excellent support to the project. This covered diverse areas, such as turbine delivery, fabrication facilities, aggregate supply, work sheds, waste reception, photographic services, and marine support including marine superintendence.
Following on from this process and throughout the operation itself, Aquatera worked closely with OpenHydro in the development of the necessary Safe Working Method Statements, project change control and related updates to the risk register. Aquatera also provided an Environmental Management Plan and an Emergency Response Plan for both marine- and shore-based operations.
These preparations were well tested during the initial installation work due to the toppling of the temporary works. An approach was, however, quickly developed to deal with this setback and soon afterwards the turbine was successfully installed.
Aquatera has played a hands-on role through most of the major stages of this deployment, with personnel sitting alongside the OpenHydro management team (in the office and at sea), and contributing to the ongoing decision making process. Both parties now recommend this approach due to the time and financial savings that can be made from early operational co-ordination and identification and management of key environmental and risk challenges during the project design phase of the project.