SOCOTEC Supports the Aberdeen Harbour Expansion Project with Scope of Services
SOCOTEC, formerly ESG, has recently been awarded a series of contracts by Dragados UK for materials testing, marine analysis and ground investigation works at the Aberdeen Harbour Expansion Project (AHEP).
Aberdeen Harbour is one of the UK’s busiest ports and, to facilitate the increased capacity requirements created by a long-term trend for larger vessels, the development will see new facilities and infrastructure created in Nigg Bay, located to the south of the existing harbour.
In order to accommodate the development, road re-alignment, parking and means of access for the harbour, SOCOTEC – on behalf of Dragados UK - will be embarking on a range of testing and inspection works.
Compaction and compliance testing for bulk earthworks, concrete, soils and aggregates will assess the quality and in situ behaviour of the imported materials. A mobile laboratory will be set-up on site to offer rapid results for the project, with further support offered at SOCOTEC’s materials testing laboratory in Marywell, Scotland.
To provide marine monitoring support, SOCOTEC will be undertaking a comprehensive suite of testing and analysis. All results are reported to the regulatory body, Marine Scotland, ensuring that AHEP will be adhering with the stringent environmental regulations through monitoring and minimising any pollution impact.
In addition to the above works, SOCOTEC is also providing a second phase of ground investigation works – which follows a total of 36 boreholes completed throughout 2017. The company will be undertaking cable percussion boring followed on by rotary openhole drilling and rotary coring.
David Anderson, regional operations director, Infrastructure & Energy, SOCOTEC, commented:
"With SOCOTEC’s capabilities across a range of disciplines and sectors, we are proud to be able to deliver a comprehensive solution for these types of projects, working in true partnership with our client to meet their requirements.
“Because of this, along with our nationwide coverage, AHEP will benefit from directing several aspects of their testing requirements through just one point of contact, seeing greater efficiencies at the reduced cost of using a single service provider. Plus, with the ability to set up under the UKAS flexible scope accreditation* for materials testing, our test results can be issued with UKAS certification upon implementation of our own quality system, demonstrating all of our processes and procedures are quality assured.”