With the new access roads to the turbine locations all built, the focus is now on the crane pads at T1 and T2. The soil has been stripped at both locations and currently work is concentrated on getting the hardstanding excavated at T1 to ensure a level base.
The T2 crane pad will be mostly built up with a fill to achieve a level surface. All of the turbines are on sloping ground so it has been a challenging design process to achieve the specification which the turbine manufacturer requires.
To ensure the abnormal loads can negotiate the junction off to T2, we’ve had to fell around 30 trees at the shelter belt here. They were Sitka Spruce with low ecological value, and we’ll be compensating for their loss by the new planting of native species we’re doing on-site and at Wally Cleuch – totalling 5899 new trees! We brought in Pentland Biomass to chip the brash that was left from the Sitka, and we’ll use the wood chip to help landscape the area the trees were felled from. As they mulch down this will also help provide some ecological value.
The substation foundations have now been backfilled and the walls are starting to go up.
In the next few weeks, more stone will be brought in to build up the surface of the crane pads at T1 and T2, and work will start on excavating the foundations.