Making way for an expansion at GE

A specialist clearance contractor has been at work since the last week in February.
A specialist clearance contractor has been at work since the last week in February.

Work has commenced as part of unexploded ordnance clearance work, off Charleton Road, Montrose by GE Oil and Gas.

The currently undeveloped grassland forms part of a former Royal Air Force Airfield (RAF Montrose).

A non-intrusive survey has been carried out which identified debris, metallic items and ferrous contamination associated with the operations of the former airfield. Due to the nature of the former land use there is potential for Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) items to be uncovered. The work follows forthcoming engineering work to be carried out on the vacant land to facilitate development of the land by GE.

GE Oil and Gas purchased the land in 2013 and the proposed development will form additional storage areas for their growing operations.

Rod Christie, CEO for Subsea Systems business, told the Review: “This year GE Oil and Gas expects to invest over $10 million (around £5.9 million) making improvements and expanding its Charleton Road facility in Montrose. This will include a $4 million programme to improve our test and assembly operations and is expected to enable us to employ an additional 30 people at the site this year including another 10 apprentices.”

It is GE’s environment, health and safety policy to have these items cleared prior to any development of the site. Any findings of military heritage interest will be offered to the Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre for their records and exhibits. A specialist clearance contractor, BACTEC, under the oversight of our environmental consultants, MWH, has been working on site from the week commencing Monday, February 24, for an estimated 6 weeks. Their working hours will be between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. It may be necessary to work on some weekends but this is not anticipated at present.