January 2, 2020

Project Delivery

What does Project Delivery involve in Renewable Energy?

Project Delivery encompasses the stages of physically building an Energy Asset. This can only begin once the land has been chosen, funding secured, designs signed-off etc. Project Delivery therefore covers the construction phase, to commissioning, to the point of energisation. The key objective throughout this phase is for the project to be delivered successfully, on time, and within budget.

How can Project Delivery be broken down?

The project delivery phase is typically run by several teams, each specialising in an area that supports the overall delivery of the project. Depending on the technology used, the managers / leads for each section would have an Engineering background, and experience managing teams. 

Project Management 

Project Management ranges from the Director of / Head of Projects, who would be responsible for the overall running and delivery of the project, to Project Managers who would oversee the on-site team. Typically this would be an office-based role with frequent site visits and involves liaising with third parties, coordinating EPC’s, ICP’s, DNO’s and ensuring the successful delivery of the project whilst sticking to budgets, timings and HSEQ regulations. This position would manage and coordinate the below.  


Construction Management 

Construction Managers coordinate and supervise the technical and physical delivery of the project. This would typically involve managing a team of Engineers, and is usually a site-based role. The Construction team would often have an Engineering background and would be expected to overcome design issues and provide technical input throughout the process. 

The Head of Construction would often liaise with senior management and stakeholders on progress, and would be held to account by the Project Lead. 


Site Management

This is a site-based role, where site management would be responsible for the co-ordination of subcontractors, suppliers and the general day-to-day running of site to ensure the project is delivered correctly, efficiently and safely. Depending on the scale of a project, Site Managers would typically report into a Head of Construction. 


Health and Safety Management  

HSEQ / SHEQ (Health, Safety, Environment and Quality) positions ensure the project fits the necessary legislations. Depending on the type of technology used for the project, this will vary hugely. The position can cover everything from writing policies, implementing regulations, instructing compliance and taking responsibility for the Health & Safety of employees. 

Commissioning Management 

This team are responsible for leading the commissioning of the asset. Commissioning Management would provide technical leadership and coordination to get the asset prepared for handover. This includes running the necessary tests, coordinating vendors and suppliers and preparing and instructing operational staff for the handover. 

Who would be responsible for delivering a project, from an organisation perspective?

Depending on the type of organisation, the responsibility for the delivery of a project will differ. Organisations such as Project Developers who develop, own and operate their projects will often have an in-house Delivery Team, allowing them to act as the Principal Contractor. Other Project Developers will be contracted out to an EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) organisation.

Example Archived Project Delivery Vacancies

Senior Project Manager – Flexible Electricity Generation (Gas Power Plants / Energy Storage)

Senior project manager sought to lead delivery of fast-ramping medium-scale gas power plants and advanced battery energy storage assets. You will have a background managing power projects that include OCGT’s, CCGT’s, Biomass facilities or related technologies. With an pipeline in the 100’s of MW’s, you will be comfortable managing third parties; EPC’s, DNO’s and ICP’s.

Owners Engineer – Thermal Power Project Development

Owners engineer sought for advisory / contract role by thermal power project developer. You will have experience with the Engineering, Procurement and Construction of traditional thermal power assets – Open-Cycle Gas Turbines, Combined-Cycle Gas Turbines and related Combined Heat and Power schemes (CCGT, OCGT, CHP).

Mechanical Engineer, Project Engineer, Site Engineer – Flexible Power Generation

Mechanical Engineer sought by UK’s leading fast response project developer. Following a positive final investment decision, our client are steaming ahead with the recruitment of their project delivery team. The ideal project engineer will have a mechanical engineering background and experience working Reciprocating Engines, Gas & Steam Turbines, Boilers or related equipment.

Civil Structural Site Manager – Gas Peaking & Battery Energy Storage Assets

Civil & Structural Manager sought to oversee the delivery of Civil & Structural components across a portfolio of UK based Gas Peaker and Battery Energy Storage sites. You will take responsibility for civil works and structural steelwork scope installation and construction of the main power house and auxiliary structures at each site.