Blade Lifter. Image credit: Collett & Sons Ltd

Working in partnership with P. Adams Transport, heavy haulage company Collett has been appointed to manage and transport all wind turbine components for Windy Rig wind farm located in Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland.

Windy Rig wind farm will consist of 12 Vestas V112 turbines when fully constructed. Each turbine features 55-metre-long blades and a 69-metre hub height. Employing a two-port entry strategy, the blades are discharged at the Port of Ayr and all remaining components are delivered into King George V Dock in Glasgow.

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Utilising their Super Wing Carriers, Collett will transport the 55-metre-long blades during nighttime deliveries from the Port of Ayr to a transition point located 18km from the main wind farm site. The blades are then transferred onto the blade lifter, operated by P. Adams Transport, for the final part of the journey. Collett is the first transport company to use a blade lifter on a UK wind farm, according to a company statement, a decision made to mitigate the wind farms challenging site access.

Image credit: Collett & Sons Ltd

In contrast to the Super Wing Carrier which places the blades on the deck on the trailer, the blade lifter mounts the blade horizontally onto the module. Using its hydraulic lifting system, the blade can be tilted to an angle of up to 60°, avoiding the need for extensive civil engineering works. Additionally, the use of the blade lifter enabled the planning consent of the windfarm without the need for third party land and the associated potential risks and costs.

The remaining components will be delivered utilising Collett’s fleet of trailers. The tower sections, longest measuring 30m and the heaviest weighing 55Te, will be transported using specialised tower clamp trailers. The heavier components such as the Nacelle and Drive Trains weighing 64Te and 61Te respectively, will be transported using multi-axel low bed trailers.

All component deliveries are underway and are expected to be completed later this year.