Scottish Water is a statutory corporation that provides water and sewerage services across Scotland. It is accountable to the public through the Scottish Government. Scottish Water has over 10,000 working assets across waste water and fresh water sites and from a few kW to multi MW connections.
With the asset base as it is, not only is Scottish Water one of Scotland’s largest landowners, they are also one of Scotland’s largest electricity consumers.
Chapelton is a waste water treatment works on the outskirts of the village of Chapelton by Strathaven and is used to process waste product from the immediate and surrounding areas. The asset is small in footprint but requires a constant supply of power and until earlier this year, this came from the grid.
Absolute were asked to install an 11kW wind turbine which will produce approximately 40,000kWh per annum which will help to reduce both grid reliance and carbon footprint. The turbine has been installed with close liaison with the operational staff and was delivered within the budget and short of the time allocated for shut down.
“A solid understanding as to how SWH and SW work and the regulations and procedures required for building new renewable assets on water and wastewater sites, has meant that the whole build process has went well with no disturbance to the normal day to day operational activities at the treatment works.
Absolute have developed a good understanding of SWH as a client and the requirements necessary when creating new assets on SW owned sites. They have demonstrated good Stakeholder engagement from project start to completion.”
- Eddie Johnstone, Senior Project Manager
The success in the project is resonated in the enthusiasm of the key staff to replicate this model over more assets of similar nature and Absolute are in talks with Scottish Water and the turbine manufacturer to deliver more across the course of the near future.