Month: July 2016

Construction update 26th July

Work is still focused around T3 at present, with the hardstanding and foundation steelwork completed, ready for the pour this week.

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T3 reinforcement in place

Elsewhere the contractors have been landscaping and doing small final touches; at T2 the foundation is fully backfilled now.

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T2 foundation, with aggregate laid out for maintenance access

At T1, the plinth has been poured to support the staircase up to the turbine access door. From here you can see the Aikengall II turbines starting to appear on the hill to the west of the site.

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T1 ready for turbine delivery

After the T3 pour, the focus will be on final works to the access tracks before the planned trial run on the 16th of August, when an empty lorry will drive the route simulating one of the long loads to ensure we’ll have no problems getting the blades and tower sections to site. Cable trenching work will also start shortly.

Construction update 6th July

Work is continuing at a good pace on the site, mostly focused on getting T3 ready for the main pour on the 21st. The spongy ground here has meant the contractors have had to replace quite a lot of the soil below the foundation with aggregate to provide a solid base to work from.

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Compacting the soil replacement at T3

Once this step is completed, the thin blinding layer of concrete will be poured later this week, ready for the foundation cage to be assembled next week so the steel fixers can assemble the structure for the reinforcement.

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T2 partially backfilled

At T2 the foundation has been partly backfilled; further landscaping will follow. The final step for each foundation will be to lay a small plinth for the staircase that leads up to the turbine door.

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Substation final touches

The doors and panels finally arrived for the substation, which is now looking very smart, and ready for the electrical fit-out.

Concrete pour – Thursday 21st July

Our third major concrete pour is scheduled for Thursday the 21st of July. As with previous pours, deliveries will start around 6am, and will continue throughout the day. People in the area may see some more lorries on the roads than usual, but we hope disruption will be minimal. After this, the major civil works will be completed, and the next significant HGV movements will be the delivery of the turbine components in September. We hope to carry out a trial run with an empty trailer in mid-August (provisionally the 16th) right from the Port of Blyth where they’ll be shipped in from, up to each of the turbine locations, to ensure there are no problems. A future blog post will describe some of the transport arrangements in more detail.