Work is still focused around T3 at present, with the hardstanding and foundation steelwork completed, ready for the pour this week.
Elsewhere the contractors have been landscaping and doing small final touches; at T2 the foundation is fully backfilled now.
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.
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.
Unfortunately the final foundation pour planned for last week has to be postponed at short notice as an insufficient amount of reinforcement steel had been delivered. The pour will now happen this Thursday, 28th July instead, at the usual time and route.
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.
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.
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.
The doors and panels finally arrived for the substation, which is now looking very smart, and ready for the electrical fit-out.
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.