Construction work started on the 11th of January 2016. Our principle contractor is Prelec, a Scottish firm specialising in electrical and Balance of Plant works for windfarms. Their civil sub-contractor is Green Cat Contracting, who have done most of the work on site so far.
They have made great progress and at present we are slightly ahead of schedule. The first task was to form the site entrance near Neuk Farm, on the road between the A1 and Ecclaw. A bellmouth has been formed to allow the abnormal loads such as the turbine tower sections and blades to access the internal site roads. Existing farm tracks were then upgraded between this point and the existing Kinegar Quarry haul road. This short section will be shared with the developers of the two Kinegar/Neuk turbines.
Parts of the quarry haul road have been upgraded to allow the wide and long loads to negotiate the corners along the route, but as it is a well-formed track mostly it can be used as is. At the south-western end, we’ve built a new link section to connect the quarry road into the existing farm tracks on Hoprigshiels.
Now that the link road is completed, the contractors have been able to build their main site compound near the farm buildings at Hoprigshiels. They are now upgrading the sections of the existing farm tracks that will be used for turbine delivery.
Over the next month, the contractors will be completing some temporary and permanent fencing works on site, both to keep stock out of the working areas and to deer-proof some of the areas where we’ll shortly be planting new native tree species. Upgrading of existing tracks will continue, along with the construction of some new spur roads to turbines 1 and 2. We hope to start work on the T1 hardstanding, an assembly area for the main and auxiliary cranes to sit on during turbine installation. Construction should also start on the substation which will house the electrical switchgear, control systems and export meters for the site.