Wind turbine components to begin arriving at Den Brook this month

By Crediton Courier Newspaper   |   Editorial   |
Sunday 5th June 2016 10:00 am
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FROM late June through to early August 2016, the turbines associated with Den Brook Wind Farm between Bow, North Tawton and Spreyton will start arriving on site.

The turbines will be transported in sections from Avonmouth port. The final part of the journey to the site will see them leave the A30 to join the A382 at Whiddon Down. The convoy will join the A3124, using the new link road at Whiddon Down, and then at De Bathe Cross turn right on to the A3072 which is followed to the site entrance.

As the deliveries require large vehicles, each convoy will have a dedicated escort to ensure safety for all road users.

Following feedback from the local community, RES says it has worked with turbine supplier Vestas to time the majority of the deliveries to avoid the early morning rush hour.

The aim is for the main daily convoy to be on site by 6.30am.

However, a small number of deliveries (normally up to two per turbine during the erection phase only) are to be delivered just in time for erection and will arrive at the site during the working day.

Residents are asked to keep the public highway clear of parked cars during this period if possible.

For up-to-date information on the progress of deliveries, please visit the website: www.den-brook.co.uk .

The turbines will be transported in sections - three blades, three tower sections, hubs and nacelles - using specially designed heavy goods vehicles. The nacelle is the boxlike structure at the top of the tower that houses the gearbox and generator.

A leaflet with information about the turbine deliveries has been sent to all residents in South Tawton, North Tawton, Bow, Spreyton, Zeal Monachorum and Drewsteignton.

Advance warning has also gone to statutory consultees (including emergency services/schools, etc) and local businesses.

The wind farm will have an installed capacity of 18 megawatts of renewable electricity.

This is sufficient to meet the annual average needs of approximately 9,000 UK homes. The homes equivalent has been calculated by multiplying the wind farm’s predicted energy yield of 37.55GWh by the 2013 UK annual household energy consumption data published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (4128kWh).

Alan Quick

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