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Neil McArthur, Inspection Project Manager

February 20, 2019

What does your day typically consist of?

My typical day will involve liaising with clients to ensure projects are scheduled and resourced, providing technical input for sales contracts, reviewing and approving technical reports and ensuring all health, safety and quality requirements are implemented for the inspections team and current projects.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

There is plenty of opportunity for travel in the role, UK and worldwide. Having the opportunity to travel to various countries and remote locations is very interesting. During my first year with Natural Power, I have been involved in projects in the UK, Republic of Ireland, France, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Uruguay.

How did you get into the role in the first place?

I responded to an advert for wind turbine technicians with Siemens Wind Power in 2005 and started work at a wind farm construction project in the UK, I was involved with wind turbine erection, installation, cabling, commissioning, fault-finding and maintenance. After three years with Siemens, I took an opportunity with SSE as a Project Engineer/Mechanical Package Manager where for ten years, I worked on many wind farm construction projects ensuring that the wind turbines are delivered, stored, erected, commissioned, inspected, tested and handed over fully operational and with minimal issues and integrated into the existing fleet. I made the move to Natural Power a year and a half ago to get involved with turbine inspections, as this is a area of growth within the industry.

What is your degree and/or professional qualification?

• BSc Electronic Engineering
• NEBOSH: National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety

What is the most interesting type of work you have done and why?

The due diligence projects are very interesting and demanding, and we can be required to carry out various types of inspections anywhere in the world at relatively short notice. I recently carried out inspections for a project in Uruguay, which involved a wind turbine detailed inspection and also a review of the site, civil and electrical infrastructure. The site was very remote and involved a five-hour drive, each-way, from the hotel.

What is your biggest achievement at work?

I recently completed wind turbine lifetime inspections for projects in Ireland and Scotland; this is the first time we had completed this type of inspection. The inspections and subsequent reporting were very well received by the client. This is also an area of growth for inspections as more wind farms will be approaching their operational lifetime end date and will need a detailed review to determine their suitability for continued operation.

What is your favourite hobby?

I enjoy hill walking and plan to climb the top ten Munros.

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