Lo­cal trans­port firm makes spe­cial de­liv­ery

Halifax Courier - - Business - By Tom Scargill

Trans­port firm Col­lett and Sons Ltd made a spe­cial de­liv­ery of gi­gan­tic tur­bine blades to the Muirhall Wind Farm in South La­nark­shire. Ap­proval was re­cently granted for phase three of the pro­ject, with Hal­i­fax-based Col­lett’s hav­ing al­ready de­liv­ered two tur­bines for the se­cond phase in 2014.

Those tur­bines held the record for the largest on­shore tur­bine blade un­til now, with th­ese lat­est blades mea­sur­ing 58.7m in length.

Col­lett’s had to un­der­take metic­u­lous plan­ning ahead of the de­liv­ery, pro­vid­ing swept path anal­y­sis re­ports and route ac­cess sur­veys be­fore un­der­tak­ing a test drive of the route with a ve­hi­cle adapted to ac­cu­rately re­flect the loaded ve­hi­cle di­men­sions.

As a re­sult, it was nec­ces­sary to re­move street fur­ni­ture, re­lo­cate sig­nage and lamp posts and prune fo­liage along the route.

Two ves­sels de­liv­ered the sec­tions from abroad to the port of Grange­mouth, the first ar­riv­ing from Poland car­ry­ing the nine tur­bine blades, the se­cond from Turkey car­ry­ing the nine tower sec­tions.

As the ves­sels ar­rived, Col­lett’s be­gan un­load­ing the ships. One by one each of the com­po­nents were lifted from the ves­sel to an agreed lay­down plan portside at Col­letts’ Grange­mouth heavy lift stor­age fa­cil­ity.

Each com­po­nent was stra- te­gi­cally po­si­tioned to al­low for ease of load­ing in line with the de­liv­ery sched­ule.

The first de­liv­ery to site set off in Novem­ber. In or­der to min­imise dis­rup­tion, and due to the size of the car­goes and the route they would be trav­el­ling, each con­voy con­sisted of one tower sec­tion and one tur­bine blade.

Ac­com­pa­nied by Col­lett’s pi­lot ve­hi­cles and un­der po­lice es­cort, the con­voy made its way along the route, ma­noeu­vring the com­po­nents through the vil­lages of South La­nark­shire.

Muirhall Wind Farm phase three ex­ten­sion, also known as Muirhall South, is ex­pected to be op­er­a­tional in March and will off­set 10,848 tonnes of CO2 per an­num whilst sup­ply­ing up to 5,773 homes with elec­tric­ity over the 25 year life­time.

Col­lett’s trans­port­ing one of the gi­ant tur­bine blades to Scot­land

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