Trust me, when you lose 40% of the working week to bad weather it takes the shine off things a bit. The wind in particular has been a real problem for us and on Tuesday and Wednesday we couldn’t climb at all. The work doesn’t disappear and is just postponed until the next available slot but having guys sitting around not being able to go out and fix turbines is frustrating to say the least!
Monday was spent clearing up after the really strong winds of last week. I am pleased (but not surprised) that other than a bit of reactive maintenance there were no major issues to report from the 268 wind turbines we look after.
With the middle of the week written off due to excessive wind – it being dangerous (and not possible) to climb, Thursday and Friday were very busy trying to get caught up. We put 2 crews on the road and just about managed to get everything done. On Friday we completed the electrical installation and commissioning of a sub50kW turbine on the outskirts of Leeds. At the same time another team were busy doing a large planned maintenance job in nearby Bradford.
Next week looks busy and I haven’t even finished scheduling yet. We have servicing work to complete in Manchester, Torquay, Lincolnshire and Hull at the beginning of the week before planned maintenance in West Yorkshire. The weather forecast for next week looks OK at the moment but I am sure it will raise its ugly head and cause us problems at some stage!
We didn’t win the solar farm civil works mentioned last week down in the South West. It was quite a big project but with a start date next Monday it was too much too soon and we basically said we didn’t want to let the client down and had to turn the work away. We have never turned anything away before but trying to mobilise 2 crews plus plant for next week so far from base was just not possible although we did try to pull out all the stops. It was a shame there wasn’t more time to price and prepare for the work but there will hopefully be future opportunities with this particular customer.
You might have seen that we are recruiting. We are looking to find a Technical Support Manager http://windcare.co.uk/technical-support-manager/ with some background/experience in civil engineering. It is a really important role for us to fill and will be a great opportunity for someone who wants to work at the sharp end of a fast growing company operating in the renewable energy sector. We have had a lot of interest since we posted the job and hope to make an announcement by the 18th March. If you know someone who could be suited to this role then please ask them to get in touch with me.
Remember that WindCare is exhibiting at Energy Expo in Telford next Wednesday and Thursday. We will be on stand 85 and from the look of things it is going to be a really good show. Over 1,000 people have pre-booked and most of the leading wind turbine manufacturers and distributors are there. Come and say hi to us!
Last but not least. Have you checked out our new page on the website dedicated to the engineering services we offer our customers http://windcare.co.uk/engineering/? A few people mentioned to me that we should shout about this side of the business a bit more so here you go!
Have a good weekend.