Coping with Covid: Gilkes Hydro Newsletter

Coping with Covid: Gilkes Hydro Newsletter

Gilkes Hydro tells us about their recent project news and the measures they have put in place to continue to provide engineering, manufacturing and site services during the Covid-19 restrictions. Read on to learn about their Vento Ludens Contract, House Sets for SEE at Rannoch and Fasnakyle Power Stations, 6-Jet Vertical Pelton for Allt Eilidh and small hydros for the National Trust.

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With the postponement of some key events for the UK hydro industry that would normally take place during the next few months, we thought we would take the opportunity to reach out digitally, sharing our latest news and reconnecting with our customers and colleagues throughout the UK.

During these challenging times it is important to stay connected and we would like to reassure you that our office staff are all still operating remotely should you wish to contact us, while our UK operations roles continue production to support critical infrastructure industries.

At the same time our maintenance, service & breakdown response has remained in place throughout the restrictions, with the introduction of a COVID-19 standard operating procedure detailing extra activities to help our engineers reduce the risk to themselves, their colleagues and the general public whilst observing government guidelines. You can read our full statement about the measures we are putting in place to adapt in this rapidly evolving situation below.

Please take care, stay safe, and we look forward to meeting up with everyone at the UK events now due to take place later in the year.

Simon Schofield – Head of Sales UK & Europe
Tel: +44 7557 390704


Vento Ludens Contract

Earlier this year, Gilkes received another Contract for Hydro Equipment from Vento Ludens through their Consultant, Glen Hydro. This is the latest in the 4 Schemes that Gilkes are working on for the Edinburgh based developer.

Other recent Projects:

• House Sets for SSE. These will provide the station loads at the SSE Rannoch and Fasnakyle Power Stations.
• A 6-Jet Vertical Pelton for Allt Eilidh Site through Renewables First Consultants.
• Small Hydros for the National Trust – Coombe Gill and Crosby Gill are both situated in the Lake District.
• So far, the delivery of equipment for these Schemes has been not been hugely affected by the Coronavirus restrictions. Gilkes are working hard with suppliers to ensure delays to delivery dates are minimised. Our installation Team is currently installing the National Trust Turbines in the Lake District.
• Crosby Powerhouse during construction



The UK Government’s latest “stay at home” guidance to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, has asked shops that sell non-essential goods to close. Pubs and restaurants etc. are already closed. Other businesses can stay open, but all workers must work from home unless it is impossible for them to do so.

Gilkes’ supports critical infrastructure industries involved in:

Generating electricity for the national grid

Supplying primary and back-up power to medical facilities

Supplying primary and back-up power for data centres

In support of this, we have arranged for almost 95% of our office staff to work from home whilst those in critical operational roles such as machinists, assembly teams, installation technicians, commissioning engineers, stores and logistics staff will continue to attend work.

These measures have been taken to help contain the COVID-19 pandemic, safeguarding our employees’ health and well-being whilst ensuring operational continuity in what is an extremely turbulent time.

Due to the rapidly evolving nature of COVID-19, these measures will be reviewed continuously and modified accordingly.

I’d like to reassure our customers, suppliers and business partners that Gilkes remains steadfast, in the face of this challenge, safe in the knowledge that our people’s agility, responsiveness and total commitment will see us through this.

Please take care and stay safe.

Andy Poole

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