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Latest updates Windy Rig Wind farm

Keep up to date on the construction of Windy Rig, Dumfries & Galloway.

Project Construction Updates 

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.

7/05/2021

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 update 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

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.

22/01/2021  Update – Turbine Delivery Trial Runs Complete

Work continued to progress well on the Windy Rig development throughout December and January.

Onsite the construction of all the turbine bases was completed before Christmas and the last of the access roads will be completed in early February. Offsite, the laydown area and the roads on the delivery route, the B729 and C35, are ready for turbine deliveries.  

In December the remaining trial run to simulate the delivery of a Vestas turbine tower component went well.  The turbines will be transported to site by Collett and erected on site by Vestas.  It is expected that turbine deliveries will start in February.

We are currently operating a text message service to alert residents to potential disruption.  If you wish to register for text updates please phone or text Doug Wilson on 07542 754642 to be added.

11/12/20  Update - Turbine Delivery Trial Run 17 December

The turbine trial run on Thursday 10 December went well - this simulated a blade delivery, the longest component we need to deliver to the site. The next trial run will simulate the delivery of a tower component, on Thursday 17 December.

Vehicles will be travelling from the south along the A713 and will arrive at the B729 junction at approximately 1300 and will travel along the B729 arriving at the site entrance at 1400.

This is subject to final approval from Police Scotland, who will be in attendance throughout.

We will be texting all residents who are registered for updates with confirmation of the trial run.

If you wish to be added to text updates to include traffic impacts, please phone or text Doug Wilson on 07542 754642.

01/12/20  Update - Turbine Delivery Trial Run 10 December

A turbine delivery trial run is being planned for Thursday 10 December 2020 (postponed from 3 December). This involves driving a long trailer unit along the transport route to simulate the journey of the longest turbine component (the blade).

The trial run will start at 0930, to avoid early morning and school traffic, and we expect would be completed at approximately 1200. The trial run convoy will travel along the B729 from the laydown area south of Carsphairn, onto the C35 and onwards to the site entrance. The estimated timings along the route are:

0930: Departure from Blade Laydown Area, Cairsphairn
1030: Bridge over the Water of Deugh
1043: Junction of the B729 and B7000
1110: Junction of B729 and C35
1155: Arrive at Site Entrance

This is subject to final approval from Police Scotland, who will be in attendance throughout the run.

We will be texting all residents who are registered for updates with confirmation of the trial run. If you wish to register for text updates please phone or text Doug Wilson on 07542 754642 to be added.

 

08/10/20  What’s Happening Onsite?

Progress has been good, with more access tracks completed and work starting on the turbine foundations. Because we have been able to source stone within the site to create the access tracks, we have managed to greatly reduce the traffic along the B729.  We are pleased to see lots of local suppliers - almost half of our present suppliers come from within a 30-mile radius of the site. We are currently using local suppliers for plant hire, aggregates and piping. One of the local companies, GTR Contracts based just outside Dumfries, supply us with the heavy machinery required to construct the tracks to the turbine locations.

 

01/08/20 Local roads update

We are pleased to have been able to significantly reduce traffic on local roads by producing some of the materials required on-site. Blasting on the site took place throughout June and July to provide aggregate for access tracks throughout the site. Tracks have been constructed to allow vehicles to move around easily, even in wet weather, and will remain in place for the operating life of the project.

The installation of ten additional passing places along the B729 went smoothly, the passing places are large enough to allow an HGV to pull in and allow traffic to pass safely. Originally designed as a temporary measure, we are pleased to have been able to work with D&G Council to ensure these new passing places will remain after the construction to make travel along the B729 safer for local residents in the future. 

 

08/06/20  Improving local roads

Work starts this week on ten new passing places along the B729. They will be of sufficient width to allow one HGV to pull into a passing place to allow another HGV to pass safely. These passing places were originally designed to be temporary but we are pleased that after working with Dumfries & Galloway Council, these will remain in place after construction and provide long term benefits to road users. We estimate the works will take approximately five weeks to complete. View the map of passing places.

 

27/05/20  Reducing construction traffic  

One way of minimising construction traffic on local roads is to produce some of the materials required on the site, such as the aggregates for concrete and access tracks. To achieve this, some blasting is required onsite in areas that have been permitted to be used as “borrow pits”. The blasting activity is carefully controlled and prior notice of each event is provided to the closest residents and relevant authorities, such as the local police.
We would also remind local road users that a text message notification service is in use to provide prior notice of potential disruption – contact us if you would like to receive these, to doug.wilson@statkraft.com

22/05/20  Planning a Safe Return to Site

Over the past week, we have been preparing the site compound to ensure that we can operate safely and comply with the Scottish and UK Governments guidance on social distancing. Currently, our activity on site is at approximately 80% of normal operations on the main windfarm site and we hope to be back to full normal operations in the coming weeks as more associated suppliers reopen their businesses, based on the current Covid-19 guidance and phasing plan announced by the Scottish Government.

On Site

We have created a one-way system in the office compound with clearly marked distancing measures in all of the facility including meeting rooms, offices and rest rooms.  We have also added additional hand wash stations at the entry and exit of the compound.

We will continue to monitor the advice and guidance from the Scottish and UK Governments and make any required adjustments to our working patterns.

Local Roads

Speed restriction signage is currently being installed along the B729 to remind drivers to reduce their speed and be courteous to other road users.

We are progressing work to create new passing places along the B729. The passing places will be permanent and will remain in place after construction on the wind farm. We have been liaising with Dumfries & Galloway Council roads department to agree the number and location of the passing places. We expect this work could commence in early June and would take approximately six weeks. During the installation of passing places, temporary traffic lights will be in place.

Our text notification service is up and running, which is used to update road users on activity and deliveries along the B729. Residents who would like to receive these notifications are asked to contact us. We will continue to use the Glenkens Gazette to keep the local community up to date with progress.


07/05/20  Planning a Safe Return to Site

Following the site closure in March, we have been tracking and analysing Government and Industry guidance as it has evolved. Windy Rig is classified as a high priority project and considered essential in the security of supply on the National Grid Network. We are currently planning for the safe resumption of works at the Windy Rig site.

Please be assured that the safety of our own staff, our contractors and the local community is of utmost importance. The next phase of the work required on site is solitary by nature – individual workers sitting in enclosed machinery cabs preparing ground works. For work to continue, we will ensure that staff can travel safely and independently from their homes to the site, work safely and in accordance with Scottish Government construction guidance.

We continue to monitor the situation closely and there will be light activity on site during the next week to review what is needed to resume works, and formalise working plans to accommodate COVID-19 guidance.

 

24/05/20  Windy Rig Construction Site Closure

Statkraft is closely monitoring the development of the COVID-19 outbreak and is taking continuous measures in line with the advice of the Scottish and UK Governments. Following recent announcements and advice, the construction of the Windy Rig Wind Farm is temporarily closed, effective from Tuesday 24th March 2020.

The site closure will be under constant review and any decision to reopen the site will be taken in line with the updated advice and guidance from the Scottish and UK Governments.

 
Media & Resident Enquiries:
Email:  doug.wilson@statkraft.com

Phone: 07542 754642

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