Onshore wind

Collett delivers for Burnfoot Hill East extension

PRESS RELEASE – Collett has delivered an additional three Vestas V112 wind turbines and components for the Burnfoot Hill East wind farm extension in Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire. The parts were delivered to the site form the port of Grangemouth. 

The Vestas V112 wind turbines each feature 55-metre-long blades and 69-metre-high towers. As the components arrived into the port, Collett planned the vessel’s discharge, transferring all components to its dedicated port side depot for storage and onward transport.

Prior to delivery, preparation for the 60-mile journey began with Collett undertaking an authorised test drive, utilising a Nooteboom Super Wing Carrier with a pre-determined configuration to simulate the transportation of the 55-metre blades. Once the route had been approved, the company pre-delivered the majority of the components, including the blades, nacelles, hubs, drive trains, base and mid-tower sections. Finally, the top tower sections followed a strategic just in time delivery schedule in line with the wind farm’s installation programme.

The nacelles, weighing 80 tonnes, were the heaviest components to be delivered. The towers were delivered in three sections, the heaviest being the base sections weighing 55 tonnes and measuring 16 metres. The middle sections weighed 43 tonnes and measured 21 metres and the top sections, which are the longest and thinnest sections, weighed 44 tonnes and measured 30 metres.

The journey included a combination of motorways, dual carriageways and A-roads, including a harsh 90-degree bend to cross Backhill bridge on the approach to the construction site. “However, with the assistance of our Super Wing Carriers, which provide a 60-degree steering angle and significantly more suspension travel (lift/lower) for extra ground clearance, our experienced operators delivered all component safely to site”, the company states.

Burnfoot Hill East Wind Farm was formally consented by the Clackmannanshire Council in March 2019. The wind farm took around 12 months to complete and stated to produce enough electricity for up to 6,000 homes. The wind farm is an extension to the existing 21 turbines large Burnfoot Hill, Burnfoot Hill North and Rhodders wind farms, all located in Clackmannanshire, Scotland.

Author: Adnan Bajic

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