Turbine delivery trial runs in September

A trial run taking place at Swinford Wind Farm, Leicestershire

Preparations ahead of the first trial run to test how the site copes with the delivery of wind turbines have started onsite.

The first turbine delivery trial run, which will be in the east and central east zones of England and Wales’ largest on-shore wind farm, will take place in September, and will be followed in November by the first turbine deliveries. We expect the majority of the deliveries to travel from Swansea Docks towards the site, taking the A465, A4061, then travelling a short distance up Rhigos Road, where the deliveries will leave the public highway at the Tower Colliery entrance.

Civils contractor Jones Bros/Balfour Beatty, have completed the main concrete base pours at 61 of the wind farm’s 76 turbine bases, with 52 now fully complete, having started work on the project in February 2014.

Current on-site activity also includes laying electrical cables and the continued upgrade and improvement of around 80km of access tracks.

Eryl Roberts, Project Manager for the joint venture, said: “It’s very busy at the moment with work under way to prepare the site for the first trial run in September.  It will be the first time any trailers will be extended to their full length so we can check the curvatures in the access roads are suitable.

“We have also completed the upgrading of the track into the western region to allow our plant to access the final of four geographical areas that the project is divided into.”

More information about the trial run and the delivery of turbine components will be posted on this blog.