Collett delivers turbines to Scottish wind farm
By Niamh Marriott10 May 2022
Heavy transport specialist Collett & Sons has delivered 13 Nordex N133 turbines to Kennoxhead Wind Farm in South Lanarkshire, Scotland.
These turbines have a blade length of 64 metres and a tip height of 180 metres.
Collett was appointed to undertake all logistical planning and execution to deliver each of the 130 components, including the preparation of all method statements, risk assessments and all supporting documentation.
The company completed a test drive of the 46 mile route from the King George V Dock to the farm and simulated the 68 metre loaded vehicle to ensure the blades could safely traverse the route.
The data gathered from the test drive, coupled with the preliminary planning reports, identified the need to remove street furniture and required civils work on site to prevent the loaded trailers grounding on the wind farm access roads.
Collett used several specialist wind turbine trailers to undertake deliveries including clamp trailers for the base and middle tower sections, 6-axle step-frames for the top towers, nacelle, hubs and drive trains, and Faymonville quadruple extendable wing max trailers for the 64 metre blades.
Once on site, specialist onsite towing vehicles were used to overcome steep gradients and unpredictable access conditions due to adverse weather.
Phase one of the Kennoxhead Wind Farm is now completed with the 133.2 metre diameter turbines featuring a 13,935 sqm rotor sweep expected to enter commercial operation later this year.
Phase 2 of the project is still in development with 14 proposed additional turbines expected to enter commercial operation in 2024.