ENTEC is a consultant on Scottish Power's Hatfield Moors Gas Storage Facility project near Doncaster, working alongside main contractor Tractebel Engineering International.
'The facility was carefully located and designed to avoid environmental impact on adjacent farmland and Hatfield Moor itself, which is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest,' says Scottish Power spokesman Ewan Stewart. 'We decided that an EMP was the best way to avoid or reduce environmental impact by specifying accountability for environmental management and protection.'
The EMP drawn up by Entec covers 20 planning conditions, method statements and risk assessments which are all reviewed from an environmental standpoint, while day-to-day responsibility for its implementation is down to Tractebel construction manager Alan Lambert.
'The environment management plan was put together in the early stages of the project and everyone on the site is inducted in both Health and Safety and the EMP,' says Mr Lambert. This has involved training well over 300 people.
Mr Lambert has been involved in dealing with a number of environmental challenges, including the discovery of a bird's nest in a JCB, which meant that the machine had to be quarantined until the birds had flown.
Adhering to the plan, which is overseen monthly by Entec's Catherine Jacobson-Maher, has involved certain disciplines.
'It has made me think more but it is a lot more work,' says Mr Lambert. 'This sort of thing is here to stay, though, as the Environment Agency has as much power as the HSE. You can't duck the issue now.'