08 July 2014

Construction updates

 
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 Turbine installation at T104 at Moy Wind Farm  
 
 

November 2015

With the completion of the turbine erection works in late October, the main and auxiliary cranes departed the site in early November. Work continued on the commissioning of the turbines in preparation for the energization of the grid connection to allow the first export of power from the site. The only other works ongoing is the completion of the external works around the switchgear building. A selection of photographs to show progress in November are included below.
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Aerial photograph taken in early November showing all 20 turbines erected
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Aerial photograph taken from the loch looking over the windfarm 
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
View of the completed windfarm looking up through the Moy burn valley 

*November 2015 traffic update*

The installation of the Moy Wind Farm grid connection cabling works along the B9154 will commence on Monday 2nd November 2015. There will be temporary traffic lights in operation for four weeks while the road is reduced to a single lane to allow the cable to be installed.  The area of the B9154 that will be affected is where the main wind farm access road meets the B9154. Eneco would like to apologise for any inconvenience during this time.

October 2015

The second set of cranes consisting of the main and auxiliary cranes which install the top tower section, nacelle, drive train, rotor and blades continued installation of the turbine components in the month. In October seven full turbines were fully installed, meaning that all twenty turbines were fully completed on 27th October. The completion of the turbine installation was achievable due to the calm weather in September and October. Work is ongoing with the commissioning of the turbines in preparation for the energisation of the grid connection to allow first export of power from the site. A selection of photographs to show progress in October are included below.
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Turbine T307 complete with the main crane section stored on the crane hardstanding
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Turbine T302  - installation of the penultimate blade on the final turbine 
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Turbine T302  - installation of the final blade on the 20th turbine

September 2015

Delivery of the turbine components was completed on the 19th September. There are two crane teams on site. The first set of cranes doing pre-assembly work, installing the lower and mid tower sections, completed their works in the month and have now left site. They have completed seven turbines in the month before they left. The second set of cranes consist of the main and auxiliary cranes which install the top tower section, nacelle, drive train, rotor and blades. In September seven full turbines were fully installed, meaning that we now have thirteen turbines fully complete. A selection of photographs to show progress in September are included below.
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Erecting blades at turbine T204
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Preparing to install top tower section at turbine T205
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Installation of the Aggreko load bank at the switchgear building 
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Aerial view of the main crane and the turbine components on the hardstanding 

August 2015

Delivery of the turbine components continued in the month as did the turbine erection works. There are two crane teams on site. The first set of cranes are doing pre-assembly work installing the lower and mid tower sections. They have completed six turbines in the month. The second set of cranes consist of the main and auxiliary cranes which install the top tower section, nacelle, drive train, rotor and blades. In August four full turbines were fully installed, meaning that we now have six turbines fully complete. A selection of photographs to show progress in August are included below including some excellent aerial pictures of the site. 
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Blade component offload at turbine T301
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Bottom & mid tower installed & blade, nacelle & top tower stored at T107
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Pre-assembly cranes de-rigging to move to another crane hardstanding
eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Panoramic view of the windfarm site with full & partial turbine erection works

July 2015

Delivery of the turbine components continued in the month as did the commencement of turbine erection works. There are two crane teams on site. The first set of cranes are doing pre-assembly work installing the lower and mid tower sections. They have completed ten turbines in the month. The second set of cranes consist of the main and auxiliary cranes which install the top tower section, nacelle, drive train, rotor and blades. In July two full turbines were fully installed. A selection of photographs to show progress in July are included below. 
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Installation of the lower and mid tower sections at T102
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Installation of the lower tower sections at T106
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Completed turbine at T101 

June 2015

With all the civil and electrical works substantially complete, work was focused in the month on reinstatement works at the road verges, bridges and borrow pits. The turbine component delivery commenced on the 29th June 2015. The main and auxiliary cranes also arrived in preparation for turbine erection. A selection of photographs to show progress in June are included below.
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Aerial view of completed turbine and hardstanding area at T204
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Aerial view of completed turbine and hardstanding area at T306
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Delivery of the first turbine components to site
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Delivery of the first turbine blade to T101 turbine foundation

May 2015

All concrete works at the turbine foundations was completed in the month with the final three foundations completed by 22nd May. Internal fit-out of the switchgear building is ongoing with the arrival of the communication panels from the turbine supplier. All the underground 33kV wind farm cabling was also completed in the month. The commencement of turbine component delivery has been pushed back to the 29th June 2015 and the civil works are firmly focused on the reinstatement works around the turbine foundations, roads and hardstandings. A selection of photographs to show progress in May are included below.
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Grout works completed at T107 foundation ready for turbine erection
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Cabling of panels and LV power supply at the switchgear building 
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Installation of the grid export cable adjacent to the main wind farm access road 
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Reinstatement of the peat verges on one of the wind farm tracks 

April 2015

All 11km of road are now installed with the final sections of road completed in the month. Steel fixing commenced again in the month on the final five turbine foundations with the reinforcement completed in the month at three foundations. Concrete works also commenced again in the month with the completion of the 16th and 17th turbine foundations. Internal fit-out of the switchgear building is ongoing. With the commencement of turbine component delivery in early June 2015 work was focused in the month on the completion of the crane hardstandings, foundations and roads at the first seven turbines. A selection of photographs to show progress in April are included below.
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Up-filling of stone at the penultimate turbine foundation at T304
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Concrete works at the lower section of the turbine foundation at T306 
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm 
Crane hardstanding and turbine foundation at T101 ready for turbine erection
 

March 2015

Improved conditions in March allowed work to recommence on the completion of the road works. 10.5km out of the 11km of road are now installed and the final bridge was also placed in the month.  Grasscrete was installed at the junction of the wind farm access track and the B9154 which gives the swept path for turbine component deliveries. Excavation of the final 5 turbine foundations was ongoing in the month with two of the bases blinded in preparation for steel fixing work. Internal fit-out of the switchgear building was ongoing. A selection of photographs to show progress in March are included below.
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Grasscrete laid at junction of wind farm access track and the B9154
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Reinstatement of peat around turbine foundation at T301 
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Final bridge installed and scaffold erected to install birch cladding 
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Electrical duct installation under turbine foundation at T305 
 

February 2015

Snow conditions on site again disrupted the civil works on the site during the month with no real progress made on road installation and turbine foundation activities. Works on site were limited to the fit-out of the switchgear building. A selection of photographs to show progress in February are included below.
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Aerial view of the spur road, hardstanding and completed foundation at T105
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Aerial view of partially completed hardstanding and foundation at T302
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Aerial view of bridge abutments at WX3 awaiting installation of bridge
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Installation of external doors at the switchgear building
 

January 2015

Cold and snowy conditions continued throughout the month of January effectively stopping all works on site except for the internal fit-out of the switchgear building A selection of photographs to show progress in January are included below.
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
White out at site viewed from one of the water crossings 
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Switchgear building was the only location where work was able to proceed 

December 2014

Cold and snowy conditions throughout the month of December severely hampered work on site with the site shut down a number of times in the period due to inaccessibility as a result of the snow on site. This coupled with the site shutdown for Christmas on the 19th December meant very little progress was achieved in the month with only one turbine foundation completed making a total of 15 out of the 20 foundations now complete. The planned installation of the fourth and final bridge could not happen in the month and it remains that three bridges are fully installed. The internal fit-out at the switchgear building commenced in the month. The cable installation from the switchgear building to the individual turbines progressed in the month with 40% now installed. A selection of photographs to show progress in December are included below. 
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
The fourth and final bridge abutments were not able to be completed
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Switchgear building with slate roof completed and awaiting rendering 
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Roads works on site hampered by the weather in the month
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Standing vehicles following shutdown due to by the adverse weather 

November 2014

Progress on the turbine foundation construction continued in the month with fourteen turbine foundations now fully concreted with three foundations being completed in November alone. Nine and a half out of the eleven kilometers of roads are now installed. Major earthworks progressed at the final crossing at WX3 with the structure now 75% complete. Three other bridges now fully installed. Block work at the switchgear building was completed along with the roof truss installation. The installation of the slate roof commenced in the month at the building. The cable installation from the switchgear building to the individual turbines progressed well in the month with 30% now installed. A selection of photographs to show progress in November are included below. 
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Installation of steel and timber bridge at water crossing WX6 at site entrance
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Switchgear building complete up to roof level ready for slate roof to be installed
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Holding down bolts cleaned and covered at T101 after foundation works completed
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Surfacing of bell-mouth entrance to site at main road

October 2014

Progress on the turbine foundation construction advanced again in the month with eleven turbine foundations now fully concreted with six foundations being completed in October alone. Nine out of the eleven kilometers of roads are now installed. Major earthworks commenced at the final crossing at WX3 with the steel and timber bridge installed at two other water crossings, WX6 and WX1, in the month. Block work at the switchgear building also commenced in the month as did the cable trenching and cable installation works. A selection of photographs to show progress in October are included below.
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Installation of steel and timber bridge at water crossing WX#1
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Commencement of earthworks for bridge at water crossing WX#3
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Commencement of cable trenching in preparation for cable installation
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Commencement of block work at switchgear building

September 2014

The fine weather in September meant that progress on the road and turbine construction advanced at a pace. Five turbine foundations are now fully concreted with four foundations being completed in September alone. Seven out of the eleven kilometers of roads are now installed. Major earthworks continued at the second water crossing at WX1 with the steel and timber bridge installed at the first water crossing, WX4. Sheet piling and excavation for the foundations at the bridge, WX6, just off the B9154 commenced in the month. A selection of photographs to show progress in September are included below.
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm construction September
Installation of steel and timber bridge at water crossing WX4
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm construction September
Continuation of earthworks for bridge at water crossing WX1
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm construction September
Earthworks for bridge foundations at water crossing WX6 near the B9154
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm construction September
Placement of concrete to turbine foundation T102

August 2014

The remnants of the Bertha storm front affected the progress of works in August. Excavation works commenced at another two turbine foundations, namely  105 and 106. The first turbine foundation concrete works were completed at T101 with steel fixing for the second turbine foundation ongoing at T102. Major earthworks commenced at the second water crossing at WX1 with progress continuing at the first water crossing, WX4.

July 2014

Works continued on the site roads with approximately 5.5km of wind farm roads now installed. Excavation works commenced at another two turbine foundations, namely  103 and 104. Work also commenced on steel fixing for the reinforcement at the first turbine foundation. Major earthworks continued at the biggest water crossing at WX4. A selection of photographs to show progress in July are included below.
 Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Completion of excavation of turbine foundation at Turbine 101
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Upfill of stone under  foundation at Turbine 103
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Continuation of “floating” road construction in Array 1
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm
Major earthworks at water crossing WX 4

June 2014

Construction works continued with the installation of the site offices and the construction of the tie-in of the main site access track onto the B9154. The first 50m of this new access track from the B9154 will be surfaced with tarmac in due course once the area has settled. Approximately 4km of new windfarm roads were installed in the month of June and excavation works commenced at turbine foundations 101 and 102. Work also commenced on two of the five bridge crossings.
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm construction 
Construction of the tie-in of the main site access track onto the B9154
Eneco image - Moy Wind Farm construction
Capping of the main site entrance road from the B9154

May 2014

Construction of the 20 turbine scheme began on 26th May 2014. Morrison Construction Limited, a local contractor from Inverness, were engaged as the Balance of Plant (BoP) Contractor to install the 11km of roads, hardstandings and foundations for the twenty turbines, cabling to link the turbines to the switchgear building and construction of the switchgear building itself on the site. The first activities on site are the establishment of a site compound, commencement of road works and opening up of the on-site borrow pit.
Eneco image - Moy wind farm construction  
Completion of the refurbishment of a footpath on the B9154 for use by local residents
Eneco image - Moy wind farm construction
Commencement of road works with interested locals looking on