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1104654 Construction Method Statement

1104654 Construction Method Statement

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P570-4 Torran-cuilinn Hydroelectric Scheme BR/HD/NF March 2012 P570-4 Construction Method Statement r1 1
5 Construction Method Statement
5.1 General Description
It is proposed to construct and operate a small-scale hydroelectric scheme on the Allt na Feithe Ruaidhe burn near Torran-cuilinn, on the Coulin Estate, Kinlochewe. The proposed scheme will consist of an intake weir built across a river and a buried pipeline, which will be constructed from the intake weir to a powerhouse that will be located on the right bank of the Allt na Feithe Ruaidhe. The plant will be run-of-river status (i.e. will not involve storage) and the electricity generated will be exported to the nearby grid. The construction of a run-of-river hydroelectric generating scheme comprises the following, but not necessarily sequential, stages:
Construction of site compounds and lay-down areas and other initial preparatory works;
Delivery of equipment onto site;
Initial construction works - Permanent and temporary access tracks, bridges etc.;
Main construction works - Intake weir, pipeline, turbine house and tailrace; and
Reinstatement. The construction period is expected to last approximately 12-14 months, although much of the main construction works will be achieved in a shorter period of about 9-11 months. This is possible by progressing key stages concurrently, which not only achieves cost-effective construction but also minimises disturbance-type environmental impacts and interruptions to activities on the site. However, it is likely that periods of poor weather, such as heavy snowfall or periods of high rainfall, will lead to temporary cessation of some aspects of construction, such as pipe laying and pouring concrete. Heavy rain would also interrupt intake weir construction. The Construction Method Statement (CMS) with the description of works for the main elements is presented below and follows up the recommendations of separate reports carried out by independent professional consultants expert in Archaeology, Fisheries, Habitat (Flora), Bryophytes, Protected Mammals, Birds and Landscape & Visual; as well as expert assessments on Access & Traffic, Hydrology, Morphology and Noise. There may be some changes to the method described as the project proceeds and as more knowledge of ground conditions is gained. However, the final detailed design is not expected to differ significantly from that described and any differences are not expected to have a material impact on the findings of this Environmental Statement (ES). In addition, the detailed design and the construction contract will ensure that the mitigation measures identified in this ES, or measures achieving equivalent performance, are incorporated into the detailed design, construction and operation of the scheme. This CMS looks at the construction of the Access Tracks, the Pipeline, the Intake Weir, the Powerhouse and temporary construction areas. It considers how the construction of these may be made with as little disturbance to the environment as possible.
 
P570-4 Torran-cuilinn Hydroelectric Scheme BR/HD/NF March 2012 P570-4 Construction Method Statement r1 2
5.2 Construction Elements
Element Description Drawing No.  Access tracks
 Access to the intake will be via the existing track and approximately 800m of new permanent access track. Following construction this track will be reduced to a 4WD track for maintenance purposes. Access to the powerhouse will be via the same track. P570-4 10401
Pipeline
HPPE pipe will be used for the pressure pipeline. The tailrace will be buried. P570-4 10409
Construction areas
There will be two construction areas: one adjacent to the powerhouse and one next to the intake. There will also be a pipe lay down area next to the powerhouse site. P570-4 10408
Borrow pits
 A number of borrow pits will be used to provide material to construct the intake and the access tracks and as bedding material for the pipe. P570-4 10406 
Stream crossings
There will be no pipeline crossings.
Bridges
 An existing bridge over the River Coulin will be upgraded for vehicular access.
Intake
 A “washover” screen of the Coanda or Alpine type will be used at the intake. P570-4 20401
Powerhouse
This will be a new structure on the right bank of the Allt na Feithe Ruaidhe.  Access will use a new permanent access track from the existing access track heading towards the Coulin Lodge. P570-4 40401 & 40402
Grid Connection
This will be via a new underground cable will extend to the new point of connection at the Easan Dorcha powerhouse.
5.3 Guiding Principles for Restoration
The key to successful restoration lies in managing the disturbance so that it lasts for as short a period as possible and planning the timing of the disturbance to offer the best conditions to do the work, which in turn will allow successful restoration. The main environmental restriction on the development of this hydro scheme is the period between 1
st
 June and 30
th
 September allowed for in-river works. This determines that access to the intake locations must have been established prior to 1
st
 June to allow the intake to be constructed in the specified time period. 
 
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5.3.1 Moorland restoration
Best practice guidelines will be followed in the restoration of the temporary construction impacts. The general principles will include:
Site management to contain working areas and access routes.
Land made available demarked by temporary fence at commencement and fence retained until completion or such time as stock may be allowed access whereupon the fence will be removed.
Prior to the commencement of any works, carry out long section survey of all the watercourses and natural drainage, leaving marking in the temporary fencing where such drainage enters and leaves the construction corridor so that during restoration such natural drainage may be re-instated.
Carry out works to natural drainage across the site, diverting or directing the watercourses so as to avoid erosion and outwash of disturbed soils.
Control and prevention of silt run off and construction pollution into adjacent water courses by means of cut off drains, silt traps and attenuation ponds, all to be removed and restored at completion.
Careful side stripping of top peat from all areas to be disturbed. Depth of strip to be at least 250mm but to be determined on site depending on ground conditions. Peat and turf to be lifted and stored in one operation where possible and retained as intact turfs where feasible.
Defined top peat storage areas; avoiding mixing of materials and double handling where possible with top peat stored upper faces outmost to avoid desiccation.
Rapid, progressive restoration as the project proceeds, wherever possible, to reduce the duration of visual impact and to reduce the risk of loss and damage and desiccation to stockpiled top peat and turfs.
De-compaction of road and working surfaces prior to soiling over.
Careful reinstatement of undulating / rough landform over construction corridor using re-spread till, rock and deep peat prior to final shaping with top peat and including forming watercourses to natural irregular alignment to match existing character and integration of the construction site into the adjoining rough and uneven moorland.
Use of low ground pressure machinery and avoidance of over compaction and blade grading in placement of peat. Top peat will, in preference, be placed by digger bucket, loosely graded with bucket teeth and left rough, open and undulating. Where intact turfs are being placed these will be lifted in as large a unit as feasible and placed right side up, lightly compacted and all roots buried.
Burial of extensive areas of exposed rock. Where surrounding landscape has numerous boulders on the surface, consideration will be given to retaining irregular groups of rock in random distribution and part buried in peat.
Removal of temporary culverts over watercourses at completion and reinstatement of hydrology at completion.
Utilising the existing top peat and turf as the principle material for reinstatement by careful placement of turfs with roots well buried and creating a matrix of cover over the site if there is a shortage of suitable turf material.
Give consideration to the continuation of stock exclusion / additional stock management to reduce deer and sheep grazing within the establishment period.
Monitoring and management over a three-year post construction period to ensure establishment takes place with remedial work carried out if required.

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