Customer Story: New Wind Farm in Croatia
Eko Energija d.o.o. and EnerCap Capital Partners have constructed a new 42 MW wind farm in Obrovac, Croatia. SGS provided project management, construction supervision and inspection services, enabling the project to be finished on budget and ahead of schedule.
The project, valued at EUR 70 million, included the construction of:
- 14 three megawatt wind turbines
- A new power substation and a new power transition line
- 14 foundations and platforms
- 10.7 kilometers of access roads
A Need for Supervision
To ensure that the work was of high quality and the wind farm was completed on time and within budget, experts were needed to supervise and coordinate the project. In May 2013, Eko Energija and EnerCap awarded SGS with a contract to perform project management, construction supervision and inspection services. SGS was chosen because of its previous experience in Poland, where it had already demonstrated its expertise.
An SGS team consisting of civil, mechanical, electrical and geodetic engineers, as well as an environment, health and safety coordinator and a wind turbine inspector for FAT inspection, were responsible for:
- Supervising and coordinating the work of separate teams
- Monitoring the quality of the work
- Identifying problems and advising on appropriate solutions
- Ensuring that work complied with applicable regulations
Working Together to Get the Job Done
SGS experts made daily visits to the site. They helped to clarify the roles of individual workers while encouraging knowledge sharing and cooperation. This made it easier to solve problems and coordinate work performed on different parts of the project.
With SGS’s help, the wind farm was completed June 2014, one month ahead of schedule, and within the allocated budget. It is now fully operational and is expected to provide Croatia’s electricity network with about 100 GW of energy annually.