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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.

15/07/2021

On Wednesday, 14 July, we successfully delivered our last turbine blade to site.

We would like to apologise for any inconvenience and take this opportunity to thank local residents for their patience during the delivery of the turbine components.

08/07/2021

The proposed delivery schedule for next week 12 July is as follows:


Monday 12: Blade delivery leaving the laydown area at 0930, and will take approximately 4 hours to get to the site entrance.

Tuesday 13:
Blade delivery leaving the laydown area at 1230, and will take approximately 4 hours to get to the site entrance.

Wednesday 14:
Blade delivery leaving the laydown area at 1230, and will take approximately 4 hours to get to the site entrance. This will be our final blade delivery and we will have now delivered all the large turbine components to the site.

Thursday 15:
No planned deliveries

Friday 16:
No planned deliveries

Saturday 17:
No planned deliveries

Please note the blade deliveries are taking approx. 4 hours to reach the site, however this delivery window can be affected by the local wind conditions. Please also note that deliveries are subject to change due to operational delays. We apologise for any inconvenience.
For the latest information and updates please check back here or sign up for the text messaging service by texting Doug Wilson, on 07542 754 642.

 

01/07/2021

The proposed delivery schedule for next week 5 July is as follows:

Monday 5: Blade delivery leaving the laydown area at 0930, and will take approximately 4 hours to get to the site entrance.

Tuesday 6: Blade delivery leaving the laydown area at 1230, and will take approximately 4 hours to get to the site entrance.

Wednesday 7: Two turbine tops passing the War Memorial at approx. 1600 and will take approximately 1 hour to get to the site entrance. These are the final tower components.

Thursday 8: Blade delivery leaving the laydown area at 1030, and will take approximately 4 hours to get to the site entrance.

Friday 9: Blade delivery leaving the laydown area at 1230, and will take approximately 4 hours to get to the site entrance. A delivery of blades will be delivered to the laydown area and arrive at 0130 Saturday. This is our final blade set to be delivered to the laydown area.

Saturday 10: No planned deliveries

Please note the blade deliveries are taking approx. 4 hours to reach the site, however this delivery window can be affected by the local wind conditions, and the towers are taking approx. 1 hour to reach the site.

Please also note that deliveries are subject to change due to operational delays.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

For the latest information and updates please check back here or sign up for the text messaging service by texting Doug Wilson, on 07542 754 642.

25/06/2021

The proposed delivery schedule for next week 28 June is as follows:

Monday 28:  No planned deliveries.

Tuesday 29:  No planned deliveries.

Wednesday 30: Two turbine tops passing the War Memorial at approximately 15.30 and will take approximately 1 hour to get to the site entrance.

Thursday 1 July: No planned deliveries.

Friday 2: No planned deliveries.

Saturday 3: No planned deliveries.

Please note that tops are taking approximately 1 hour to reach the site.  Please note that deliveries are subject to change due to operational delays.  We apologise for any inconvenience.

For the latest information and updates please check back here or sign up for the text messaging service by texting Doug Wilson, on 07542 754 642.

18/06/2021

The proposed delivery schedule for next week 21 June is as follows:

Monday 21: Blade delivery leaving the laydown area at 0930, and will take approximately 4 hours to get to the site entrance.

Tuesday 22: Blade delivery leaving the laydown area at 1230, and will take approximately 4 hours to get to the site entrance. A delivery of blades will be delivered to the laydown area and arrive at 0130 Wednesday.

Wednesday 23: Blade delivery leaving the laydown area at 1030, and will take approximately 4 hours to get to the site entrance.

Thursday 24: Blade delivery leaving the laydown area at 1230, and will take approximately 4 hours to get to the site entrance.

Friday 25: Blade delivery leaving the laydown area at 1230, and will take approximately 4 hours to get to the site entrance. A delivery of blades will be delivered to the laydown area and arrive at 0130 Saturday.

Saturday 26: No planned deliveries.

Please note the blade deliveries are taking approx. 4 hours to reach the site, however this delivery window can be affected by the local wind conditions.

Please also note that deliveries are subject to change due to operational delays.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

For the latest information and updates please check back here or sign up for the text messaging service by texting Doug Wilson, on 07542 754 642.

10/06/2021

The proposed delivery schedule for next week 14 June is as follows:

Monday 14: Blade delivery leaving the laydown area at 0930, and will take approximately 4 hours to get to the site entrance. A delivery of blades will be delivered to the laydown area and arrive at approx. 2130.

Tuesday 15: Blade delivery leaving the laydown area at 1230, and will take approximately 4 hours to get to the site entrance.

Wednesday 16: Blade delivery leaving the laydown area at 1030, and will take approximately 4 hours to get to the site entrance. Two turbine tops passing the War Memorial at approx. 1330 and will take approximately 1 hour to get to the site entrance.

Thursday 17: Blade delivery leaving the laydown area at 1030, and will take approximately 4 hours to get to the site entrance. A delivery of blades will be delivered to the laydown area and arrive at approx. 2130.

Friday 18: Blade delivery leaving the laydown area at 1230, and will take approximately 4 hours to get to the site entrance.

Saturday 19: No planned deliveries.

Please note the blade deliveries are taking approximately 4 hours to reach the site, however this delivery window can be affected by the local wind conditions, and the tops are taking approx. 1 hour to reach the site.

Please also note that deliveries are subject to change due to operational delays.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

For the latest information and updates please check back here or sign up for the text messaging service by texting Doug Wilson, on 07542 754 642.

04/06/2021

The proposed delivery schedule for next week 7 June is as follows: 

Monday 7:  Blade delivery leaving the laydown area at 0930 . Monday night, delivery of blades to the laydown area, arriving at 0130 Tuesday.

Tuesday 8:  Blade delivery leaving the laydown area at 0930.

Wednesday 9: Blade delivery leaving the laydown area at 0930.

Thursday 10: No deliveries.

Friday 11: No deliveries.

Saturday 12:  No deliveries.

Please note the blade deliveries are taking approx. 4 hours to reach the site, however this delivery window can be affected by the local wind conditions. Please also note that deliveries are subject to change due to operational delays. 

We apologise for any inconvenience.  

For the latest information and updates please check back here or sign up for the text messaging service by texting Doug Wilson, on 07542 754 642.

28/05/2021

The proposed delivery schedule for next week 31 May is as follows:

Monday 31: No planned deliveries.

Tuesday 1: Hub delivery. This will be a single vehicle delivery.

Wednesday 2: Hub delivery. This will be a single vehicle delivery.

Thursday 3:  Top towers passing the War Memorial at 1530 and will take approximately 1 hour to get to the site entrance.

Friday 4:  No planned deliveries.

Saturday 5:  No planned deliveries.

Please also note that deliveries are subject to change due to operational delays. We apologise for any inconvenience.  

For the latest information and updates please check back here or sign up for the text messaging service by texting Doug Wilson, on 07542 754 642.

21/05/2021

Saturday 22: The blade delivery to site is cancelled.  

Sunday 23: As planned, the delivery of three blades to the laydown area, arriving at 0130 Monday.

The proposed delivery schedule for next week 24 May is as follows:

Monday 24: Blade delivery leaving the laydown area at 0930, and will take approximately 4 hours to get to the site entrance.

Tuesday 25: Nacelle and hubs passing the War Memorial at 1300 and will take approximately 1 hour to get to the site entrance. Blade delivery leaving the laydown area at 1400 and will take approximately 4 hours to get to the site entrance.

Wednesday 26: Blade delivery leaving the laydown area at 1030, and will take approximately 4 hours to get to the site entrance.

Thursday 27:  Nacelle and hubs passing the War Memorial at 0930 and will take approximately 1 hour to get to the site entrance. A delivery of blades will be delivered to the laydown area and arrive at 0130 Friday.

Friday 28:  Blade delivery leaving the laydown area at 1030 and will take approximately 4 hours to get to the site entrance.

Saturday 29:  Blade delivery leaving the laydown area at 0830 and will take approximately 4 hours to get to the site entrance.

Please note the blade deliveries are taking approx. 4 hours to reach the site, however this delivery window can be affected by the local wind conditions, and the towers and hubs are taking approx. 1 hour to reach the site. Please also note that deliveries are subject to change due to operational delays. 

We apologise for any inconvenience.  

For the latest information and updates please check back here or sign up for the text messaging service by texting Doug Wilson, on 07542 754 642.

14/05/2021

The proposed delivery schedule for next week 17 May is as follows:

Monday 17: No planned deliveries.

Tuesday 18: No planned deliveries.

Wednesday 19: No planned deliveries.

Thursday 20:  Blade delivery leaving the laydown area at 0930, and will take approximately 4 hours to get to the site entrance.

Friday 21:  Tops passing the War Memorial at 0830 and will take approximately 1 hour to get to the site entrance. Blade delivery leaving the laydown area at 1030 and will take approximately 4 hours to get to the site entrance.

Saturday 22:  Blade delivery leaving the laydown area at 0830 and will take approximately 4 hours to get to the site entrance.

Sunday 23: A delivery of three blades will be delivered to the laydown area and arrive at 0130 Monday.

Please note the blade deliveries are taking approximately 4 hours to reach the site, however this delivery window can be affected by the local wind conditions, and the towers and hubs are taking approximately 1 hour to reach the site. Please also note that deliveries are subject to change due to operational delays. 

We apologise for any inconvenience.  

For the latest information and updates please check back here or sign up for the text messaging service by texting Doug Wilson, on 07542 754 642.

13/05/2021

Due to adverse weather conditions on site today we were unable to unload the blade adaptor meaning that Friday's blade delivery (14/05) has had to be cancelled.  However the empty blade adapter will travel from site back to the transition area. 

Friday nights blade delivery into the laydown area will still go ahead as planned arriving at approx. 0130 on Saturday.

11/05/2021

Due to a late change to Police escort availability we are altering our deliveries for tonight and tomorrow. 

Tuesday 11:  The scheduled blade delivery tonight has been postponed.

Wednesday 12: The blade delivery will take place tomorrow leaving the laydown area at 1200 and taking approximately 4 hours to reach the site.

Apologies for the late notification of this change. 

The rest of the week's deliveries are as previously communicated.

07/05/2021

The proposed delivery schedule for next week 10 May is as follows:

Monday 10:  Blade delivery leaving the laydown area at 0930 and will take approximately 4 hours to get to the site entrance.

Tuesday 11:  Nacelle and hubs passing the War Memorial at 1200 and will take approximately an hour to reach the site. Blade delivery leaving the laydown area at 1400 and will take approximately 4 hours to get to the site entrance. A delivery of three blades will be delivered to the laydown area and arrive at 0130 Wednesday.

Wednesday 12:  Blade delivery leaving the laydown area at 0830 and will take approximately 4 hours to get to the site entrance.

Thursday 13:  Nacelle and hubs passing the War Memorial at 0830 and will take approximately an hour to reach site. Blade delivery leaving the laydown area at 1030, and will take approximately 4 hours to get to the site entrance.

Friday 14:  Blade delivery leaving the laydown area at 1230 and will take approximately 4 hours to get to the site entrance. A delivery of three blades will be delivered to the laydown area and arrive at 0130 Saturday.

Saturday 15:  Blade delivery leaving the laydown area at 0830 and will take approximately 4 hours to get to the site entrance.

We apologise for any inconvenience.  Please note deliveries are subject to change due to weather and police availability.  

For the latest information and updates please check back here or sign up for the text messaging service by texting Doug Wilson, on 07542 754 642.

29/04/2021

The proposed delivery schedule for next week, 3 May is as follows:

Monday 3:  No deliveries.

Tuesday 4:  No deliveries.

Wednesday 5:  Nacelle and hub passing the War Memorial at 0830 and will take approximately 1 hour to reach site.

Thursday 6:  No deliveries.

Friday 7:  Nacelle and tops passing the War Memorial at 0830 and will take approximately 1 hour to reach the site.

Saturday 8:  No deliveries.

There are no planned blade deliveries for this week.

We apologise for any inconvenience.  Please note deliveries are subject to change due to weather and police availability.

For the latest information and updates please check back here or sign up for the text messaging service by texting Doug Wilson, on 07542 754 642.

27/04/2021

Due to high winds we had to postpone today's blade delivery. 

The delivery will now take place tomorrow, Wednesday 28.  

We apologise for the short notice change to our schedule.

For the latest information and updates please check back here or sign up for the text messaging service by texting Doug Wilson, on 07542 754 642.

23/04/2021

The proposed delivery schedule for next week 26 April is as follows: 

Monday 26:  Blade delivery leaving the laydown area at 0930 and will take approximately 4 hours to get to the site entrance.

Tuesday 27:  Tower delivery passing the War Memorial at 0900 and will take approximately an hour to reach the site. 

Blade delivery leaving the laydown area at 1030 and will take approximately 4 hours to get to the site entrance.

Wednesday 28:  No planned deliveries today.

Thursday 29:  Towers and nacelle passing the War Memorial at 0930 and will take approximately an hour to reach site. 

Blade delivery leaving the laydown area at 1100, and will take approximately 4 hours to get to the site entrance. 

A delivery of three blades will be delivered to the laydown area and arrive at 0130 Friday.

Friday 30:  Blade delivery leaving the laydown area at 1000 and will take approximately 4 hours to get to the site entrance.

Saturday 1:  Nacelle and hub passing the war Memorial at 0930 and will take approxmately an hour to reach site.

We apologise for any incovenience.  Please note deliveries are subject to change due to weather and police availablity.

For the latest information and updates please check back here or sign up for the text messaging service by texting Doug Wilson, on 07542 754 642.

16/04/2021

Our planned blade delivery for Saturday 17 has been postponed.

The proposed delivery schedule for next week 19 April is as follows:

Monday 19: Tower sections passing the War Memorial at 0930, and will take approximately an hour to reach site.  Blade delivery leaving the laydown area at 1000 and will take approximately 4 hours to get to the site entrance.

Tuesday 20:  Blade delivery leaving the laydown area at 1200 and will take approximately 4 hours to get to the site entrance.  A delivery of three blades will be delivered to the laydown area and arrive at 0200 Wednesday.

Wednesday 21: No planned deliveries today.

Thursday 22: Hubs passing the War Memorial at 0930 and will take approximately an hour to reach site.  Blade delivery leaving the laydown area at 1000, and will take approximately 4 hours to get to the site entrance.

Friday 23:  A blade delivery leaving the laydown area at 1230 and will take approximately 4 hours to get to the site entrance.  A delivery of three blades will be delivered to the laydown area arriving at 0200 Saturday.

Saturday 24:  Tower section passing the War Memorial at 0930 and will take approxmately an hour to reach site.

We apologise for any inconvenience.  Please note deliveries are subject to change due to weather and police availability.

For the latest information and updates please check back here or sign up for the text messaging service by texting Doug Wilson, on 07542 754 642.

15/04/2021

There has been a change to the deliveries today and tomorrow. The blade left the laydown area at 3pm and will take approximately 4 hours to reach site. 

A nacelle and hub will be delivered this evening it will leave Carsphairn at 1800 and take approximately 1 hour to reach site.

There will be no deliveries of turbine components on Friday.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

14/04/2021

There has been a change to today's deliveries.  Today we will have a delivery of a hub and nacelle coming from the south and passing the War Memorial at 0900 and reaching the site at 1000.  The police escort will then return to the laydown area and escort a blade delivery to the site, departing at just after 1000 and arriving at the site at 1400.

Due to an issue returning the blade adapter to the laydown area on Monday the blade delivery planned for yesterday (Tuesday) was postponed.

11/04/2021

The proposed delivery schedule for next week 12 April is as follows:

Monday 12: Blade delivery leaving the laydown area at 0830, and will take approximately 4 hours to get to the site entrance.  Tower sections will be delivered from the north and be passing Carsphairn at 1230, and take approximately an hour to reach site.

Tuesday 13: Blade delivery leaving the laydown area at 0830 and take approximately 4 hours to get to the site entrance.  A delivery of hubs from the north is expected to be passing Carsphairn at 1500 and take approximately an hour to reach site.  Finally three blades will be delivered to the laydown area and arrive at 0200 Wednesday.

Wednesday 14:  A delivery of hubs from the north will be passing Carsphairn at 1230 and take approximately an hour to reach site.

Thursday 15: As Monday, a blade delivery leaving the laydown area at 0830, and will take approximately 4 hours to get to the site entrance.  Tower sections will be delivered from the north and be passing Carsphairn at 1230, and take approximately an hour to reach site.

Friday 16:  A blade delivery leaving the laydown area at 0830 and will take approximately 4 hours to get to the site entrance.  A delivery of towers from the North is expected to be passing Carshphairn at 1230 and take approximately an hour to reach site.  Finally, three blades will be delivered to the laydown area arriving at 0200 Saturday.

Saturday 17:  A blade delivery leaving the laydown area at 0800 and take approximatley 4 hours to reach site.

We apologise for any inconvenience.  Please note deliveries are subject to change due to weather and police availability.  

For the latest information and updates please check back here or sign up for the text messaging service by texting Doug Wilson, on 07542 754 642.

06/04/2021

It was not possible to make the blade delivery today Tuesday 6 April due to high winds, we did not get the break in weather expected. Due to an improved forecast we will aim to deliver the blade tomorrow morning, leaving the laydown area at Carsphairn at 0930 and expecting to take 4 hours to reach site.

Tower sections are scheduled for delivery tomorrow too and are expected to arrive at the War Memorial at Carsphairn at 1600 and take an hour to reach the site entrance.  

We apologise for any inconvenience as the schedule changes due to weather and police escort availability.

01/04/2021

For the week commencing 5 April we will be delivering turbine components to site on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 

Tuesday's delivery of nacelles will pass the War Memorial at approximately 0930 and take an hour to reach the site entrance.  Wednesday's delivery of three tower sections will pass the War Memorial at approximately 1600 arriving at the site entrance at 1700 and on Friday the delivery will pass the War Memorial at 1300 and arrive at the site entrance at 1400.

On Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday we will deliver blades from the laydown area to the site.  The delivery will depart at approximately 1030 on Tuesday and 0930 on Wednesday and Thursday and 0830 on Saturday.

Finally, on Friday night into Saturday we will have a delivery of three blades from Ayr to the laydown area arriving at approximately 0200 where they will be parked up.  

This schedule may be impacted by Police Escort availability and the weather and we apologise in advance for the inconvenience. 

For the latest information and updates please check back here or sign up for the text messaging service by texting Doug Wilson, on 07542 754 642.

30/03/2021

Due to limited Police resource this week we have cancelled the planned blade deliveries on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  We will issue a delivery schedule for week commencing the 5 April later this week.

For the latest information and updates please check back here or sign up for the text messaging service by texting Doug Wilson, on 07542 754 642.

28/03/2021

We are expecting a crane to arrive at site on Monday evening. 

No turbine component deliveries are planned for Monday or Tuesday due to police escort availability.

The next component deliveries to site will be the transfer of blades from the laydown area to site.  These are planned for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday the timings are still to be confirmed and will be posted here.

For the latest information and updates please check back here or sign up for the text messaging service by texting Doug Wilson, on 07542 754 642.

26/03/2021

Due to the gusting wind today we had to postpone our blade delivery.  At certain points we lift the blade vertically to help us negotiate the twisty sections of the B729 and if the wind is above 10mps then we cannot make the delivery.  The delivery for tomorrow, Saturday 26 March, has also been postponed due to the weather forecast.

The tower section delivery will still take place on Friday evening as planned.  It will arrive at the War Memorial at approximately 1830 and take around an hour to travel to the site entrance.  

Please note deliveries are subject to change due to Police availability and weather conditions.  We apologise for the short notice of this change to our schedule.

Details of next week's deliveries will be posted here when confirmed.

25/03/2021

Following today's successful blade delivery trial run we have managed to book Police Scotland for a delivery on Friday 25 March.  The blade delivery will leave the laydown area at 1230 and will take around 3 hours to reach the site entrance.  The blade adapter will make the return journey to Carsphairn laydown area on Saturday 26 March at approximately 1100 which is expected to take approximately 1 hour.  This will be our first blade delivery and we expect the time taken to improve as we take more blades to the site.

If we are unable to deliver the blade on Friday due to the forecasted weather, we will make the first blade delivery on Saturday 26 March, leaving the laydown area at approximately 0800.  

We will be sending out information on our full weeks delivery schedule for the week commencing 29 March by text on Friday and also publishing the information here. 

We apologise for the short notice.  Please note deliveries are subject to change due to Police availability and weather conditions.

24/03/2021

We can confirm that we will be making a blade delivery trial run to the site tomorrow.  For the trial run the blade adaptor (without a blade) will leave the laydown area at approximately 0930 and is expected to take around 2 hours to travel to the site entrance.

We are also expecting a delivery of tower sections on Friday, arriving at the War Memorial at approximately 1900 and taking around an hour to travel to the site entrance.

Apologies for the short notice, this is due to Police Scotland availability.  We will issue details of next week's deliveries on Friday.

19/03/2021

The blade deliveries to the laydown area at Carsphairn scheduled for this evening are going ahead as planned.  The blades will leave Ayr port at 2300 this evening and arrive at Carsphairn at 0230, where they will be parked up in the laydown area.

The recovery vehicles are currently parked up in the laydown area and are scheduled for departure at 0700 tomorrow morning, Saturday 20 March. 

We apologise for any inconvenience to users of the road today when the crane recovery vehicle temporarily blocked the intersection of the B729 and A713 at Carsphairn.  We thank you for your patience.

18/03/2021

B729

Following the removal of the crane on the B729 the road remains closed until Dumfries and Galloway Council have carried out a survey of the damage to the verge and road surface.

C35

The crane on the C35 was recovered today and will be removed tomorrow.  The road will be closed from 0830 tomorrow to allow the crane to be removed from the C35.  Following this there will be local access with some short delays as the site is cleared down.  

We apologise for the impact of the recovery operation and are working to ensure the road is reopened as soon as possible.

Turbine Component Deliveries

Following the crane removal we are planning to restart deliveries to the site next week.

However, the first delivery of turbine blades will be made tomorrow, Friday 19th March, to the laydown area in Carsphairn.  The blade delivery will be leaving Ayr at 2300 and arriving at the laydown area at approximately 0230 where it will be parked up.

We will issue more details of the delivery schedule as the information becomes available.

For the latest information and updates please check back here or sign up for the text messaging service by texting Doug Wilson, on 07542 754 642.

17/03/2021

B729

The crane vehicle removal on the B729 was completed today, however the road remains closed while remedial works are carried out to the carriageway.  

C35

Following some unexpected delays in the crane vehicle recovery operation on the C35 today, Wednesday, the C35 will be closed on Thursday from 0830.  We expect limited local access with some delays will be available from 1500 onwards.  On Friday, we expect there will be local access but with some delays, as we clear the site.  

We apologise for the impact of the recovery operation and are working to ensure the road is reopened as soon as possible.

For the latest information and updates please check back here or sign up for the text messaging service by texting Doug Wilson, on 07542 754 642.

12/03/2021

We can now confirm the dates and times for the removal of the cranes on the B729 and the C35.

B729

On Tuesday 16 March the B729 will be closed from the junction with the B7000 and Moniaive to allow recovery crews to safely remove the crane vehicle.  The road is expected to be closed all day, 0700-1900, depending on progress.  The road will be opened as soon as possible after the crane is recovered to minimise disruption to local road users.  This recovery is being carried out by King Lifting with support from Vestas.

C35

On Wednesday 17, Thursday 18 and Friday 19 March the C35 will be closed north of the incident site, to allow the crane vehicle to be safely recovered, with limited local access.

On Wednesday 17 we expect the lifting of the crane vehicle to take place between 0700-1800 (subject to progress) the road will be closed during this time.  There will be local access outside these times.

On Thursday 18 there will be local access through the recovery site with some potential delay whilst the recovery equipment is dismantled and removed from site.

On Friday 19 crews will still be clearing the site down and again, there will be local access with some delays.

During the closure access will be made available for emergency vehicles.  Both of the recoveries will be overseen by an Environmental Recovery Team and we will ensure that all the appropriate environmental measures are in place throughout.

We understand that this will cause some disruption to local road users and apologise for any inconvenience caused during the recovery operations.

For the latest information and updates please check back here or sign up for the text messaging service by texting Doug Wilson, on 07542 754 642.

09/03/2021

The recovery work of both cranes is in progress.  We are working with turbine supplier Vestas, their subcontractor King Lifting and liaising with Dumfries and Galloway Council to safely recover the vehicles.

Recovery of the crane near the site entrance requires some ground works, and this has already commenced by our subcontractor RJ McLeod. These works are being overseen by an Environmental Clerk of Works and we are ensuring the appropriate environmental measures are in place throughout.

We are also working closely with Vestas and King Lifting to assist with the removal of the crane vehicle on the B729, they are currently dealing with their insurance company to resolve this. 

Currently, the crane company has applied for permits to accommodate the recovery of the cranes which we expect to be in place early next week and the recovery operation to take place as soon as possible after that.

Whilst the safe recovery of the vehicles is being arranged, traffic can use the road as normal. 

For the latest information and updates please check back here or sign up for the text messaging service by texting Doug Wilson, on 07542 754 642.

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