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Latest updates on turbine deliveries to Windy Rig Wind Farm

Here you will find the latest updates on the delivery of turbine components to the Windy Rig Wind Farm.

23/02/2021

Following the incident on Monday 22 February we have suspended all turbine component deliveries to the site.  A plan for the safe removal of the vehicle is being made.  In the meantime, traffic can use the road as normal and we do not anticipate any disruption to local road users.

23/02/2021

On Monday 22 February there was a road traffic incident close to the entrance of our Windy Rig site, with a crane vehicle leaving the road.  Thankfully, no-one was injured and emergency services were not required.  There is no immediate threat to other road users or the environment in the area.

Statkraft immediately requested that work was stopped to ensure the safety of all road users, and traffic cones have been placed on sections of the C35.  The cause of the incident is being investigated, and a plan for the safe removal of the vehicle is being made - this is likely to take a number of weeks, and we will keep the community informed before this is carried out.  In the meantime, traffic can use the road as normal and we do not anticipate any disruption to local road users.

20/02/2021

Due to weather conditions the decision was taken late last night to postpone the first blades delivery.   

To receive the latest information please sign up for the text messaging service by texting Doug Wilson, on 07542 754 642.

19/02/2021

The turbine component deliveries scheduled for Monday 22nd have been cancelled as Police resources are no longer available.

19/02/2021

Next week turbine component deliveries are scheduled for Monday 22nd and Thursday 25th February.  The tower sections will be travelling from the south and are planned to arrive at the War Memorial at 1500 and will travel on to the site entrance, this will take approximately 3 hours.  The second delivery of blades is scheduled to take place overnight on Friday 26th February.

Tonight the first blades will be delivered to the transition area.  The delivery will leave Ayr at approximately 2300 and arrive at the laydown area at 0230, where the delivery will be parked up within the laydown area.  It is planned to move the blades to site on Tuesday 23rd February, from 0930 to 1400.

Deliveries are subject to last minute changes i.e. due to weather.  To receive the latest information please sign up for the text messaging service by texting Doug Wilson, on 07542 754 642.

12/02/2021

The blades delivery scheduled for Friday 12th February has been rescheduled due to weather.  The first blades delivery is now expected on Friday the 19th February.

The first turbine deliveries are also expected next week on Thursday the 18th February.  

The delivery is subject to last minute changes i.e. due to weather. To receive the latest information please sign up for the text messaging service by texting Doug Wilson, on 07542 754 642.   

05/02/2021

The first blades delivery to the transition area is currently scheduled for Friday 12th February.  The blades will be delivered at night.

The delivery is subject to last minute changes i.e. due to weather. To receive the latest information please sign up for the text messaging service by texting Doug Wilson, on 07542 754 642.   

04/02/2021

The construction phase of the 12 turbine Windy Rig Wind Farm located between Carsphairn and Moniaive is now almost complete and the next stage of the project will be the delivery and installation of wind turbine components.  

The first deliveries will be starting shortly and will continue through to the end of April 2021. 

Delivering long components such as turbine blades and towers to site requires careful planning, and we always aim to minimise disruption to road users.  Like all deliveries of this nature, several factors can impact the delivery schedule and the project team will prioritise safety at each stage. 

 

Delivery Route and Method

The wind turbine components require specialist transport due to their dimensions and weight. Blades will be delivered by road from the port of Ayr via the A713, B729 and C35.  It is possible that the blades, at the request of Police Scotland, will be delivered during the night, this is still to be confirmed. All other components will be delivered from King George V docks in Glasgow via the M74, A75, A713, B729 and C35.   

In order to keep the delivery period to a minimum, and to minimise the impact on other road users, the deliveries will be brought to site in convoys of 3 loads at a time, under police escort. The police will direct other road users and hold traffic to allow the convoy to safely travel to site.  

The tower sections and other components such as the hub and nacelle will be transported directly to the site during the day.  The blades are the longest component and will be delivered to the blade laydown area just to the south of Carsphairn, ready to be moved onto a specialist vehicle to allow the blade to be moved to site along the twisty B729 and C35. We will deliver one blade at a time from the transition point to the site. This will also be under police escort and will be required to travel at slow speed due to the nature of the load.  

We have created additional passing places along the B729 and C35, and there are now over 20 places where traffic can be held to minimise impact on road users.  We have liaised with the emergency services to carefully plan a system to ensure their priority of travel using a numbering system.  Starting from the B729 Carsphairn to Moniaive ending at Smittons Bridge, the passing places will be numbered in ascending or descending order dependent on the direction of travel.  This will allow clear communication between our police escort and the emergency services to ensure they have priority of travel.   

 

Keeping you updated on delivery information 

Website

We will be keeping this section of the website updated and will provide the weekly delivery schedule here.  You can also find a map of the passing places  on here too.

When we have confirmation of the time of day blades will be delivered to site we will provide this information on the website too.  

Text message

We will continue to operate our text message alerts. This is the best way to ensure you receive alerts on potential disruption to the local road network. If you do not already receive these, please text Doug Wilson, on 07542 754 642.  (If you have previously registered for thisservice you don’t need to register again). 

Thank you for your cooperation and patience 

We will do our best to keep to the delivery schedule however, deliveries may change due to circumstances outside our control such as weather conditions or availability of police escort. When changes happen, we will aim to communicate these to you as soon as possible.  

We encourage you to register for the text message service and really appreciate your patience during this period. If you have any questions about the deliveries please contact Doug Wilson, on doug.wilson@statkraft.com or phone 07542 754642. 

 

The Windy Rig Construction Team