ScottishPower Renewables is set to take delivery of eight new wind turbines at Coal Clough Windfarm, near Burnley, as the repowering project moves forward on schedule. The company is replacing 24 wind turbines installed in 1992, with eight modern turbines, which will increase the total generating capacity of the windfarm from 9.6 megawatts to 16 megawatts.
Delivery of the new wind turbine components will commence on the 23rd July 2014 and will be completed over a period of approximately 6 weeks. Daily deliveries will consist of 3 to 4 abnormal loads with a police and haulier escort. These will arrive in convoy so as to avoid extended delays. Deliveries will not take place on Saturdays, Sundays or bank holidays.
The route for delivery of the turbines has been agreed in advance with Lancashire County Council and the police, and follows a number of ‘trial runs’ to prove the suitability of the route. The movement of convoys along the route may result in minor delays. ScottishPower Renewables has carried out works along the route to mitigate these delays, and police escorts on the day will also help ensure free flow of traffic as far as possible.
The deliveries will take place through Brierfield and Burnley between the hours of 9:30am to 3:30pm.
Gerry Gibson, Project Manager at ScottishPower Renewables said: “We are pleased with the progress on the project so far, and have now completed the vast majority of the civil engineering works at site. A great deal of planning has been carried out in relation to the turbine deliveries, and we have worked closely with the local authorities and the police to carefully consider the route and the timings of the deliveries. We would like to thank the community for their co-operation so far, and we hope that our planning will keep any inconvenience to a minimum during the delivery of the wind turbines.”
With the laying of tracks and the wider civil engineering work now nearly complete, and the delivery of turbines starting on schedule, the company is expecting the project being fully commissioned by late autumn.
Notes to Editors:
Wind Turbine Abnormal Load Delivery Route – Junction 12 M65 to Coal Clough Windfarm
- Exit M65 J12, (South West) and take the 1st exit from the roundabout onto the A682.
- At the next roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A682 (Churchill Close).
- At the next roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A682 (Colne Road).
- Continue along the A682 (Colne Road) over Brierfield (Tunnel) Bridge.
- Continue along the A682 as Colne Road becomes Burnley Road.
- Continue along the A682 as Burnley Road becomes Colne Road.
- At the next traffic lights turn left onto the A6114 (Casterton Avenue).
- At the next roundabout take the 2nd exit on to the A6114 (Eastern Avenue).
- Continue along the A6614 as Eastern Avenue becomes Queen Victoria Road.
- Turn left onto Queens Park Road.
- At the next roundabout take the 1st exit on to Ridge Avenue.
- Turn left at the ‘T’ junction with Brunshaw Road.
- At the next roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Brunshaw Road.
- Continue along as Brunshaw Road becomes Red Lees Road.
- Turn onto the Access Track after Over Town.
- Leave the Access Track and continue southeast on the Long Causeway to the Windfarm site.
Contact: ScottishPower Press Office, 0141 614 4660