A HUGE haulage operation is taking to Far South Coast roads in coming weeks, as components for the Boco Rock Wind Farm are transported to the Monaro.
Boco Rock Wind Farm, 10km south-west of Nimmitabel, is currently under construction as it gears up to begin operating later this year, with delivery of over-size and over-mass turbine components to the project site expected to begin in early April.
CWP Renewables Head of Development Ed Mounsey says components will include tower sections, blades and nacelles.
Components will be shipped to the Port of Eden, and delivered along Edrom Rd, Princes Hwy, Imlay Rd, the Monaro Hwy and Springfield Rd to the project site.
The vehicles used to transport components are specially designed to safely transport loads, while minimising impacts to roads.
Trucks will be using the seven kilometre stretch of the Princes Highway between its intersections with Edrom and Imlay Rd.
Pilot and escort vehicles will accompany the trucks, and signage will be used to advise local traffic of the route.
Local road users are advised to drive with caution and expect minor delays.
“We are working to minimise impacts to road users, and appreciate everyone’s patience during the transport phase,” Mr Mounsey said.
In March, minor works will be undertaken on the roundabout at the Maybe and Forbes St intersection in Bombala to accommodate oversize vehicles carrying blades.
A trial run of the route with an empty trailer will also be undertaken in March by Rex J Andrews, the transport company responsible for haulage, to ensure the route is ready for vehicles when the first shipment arrives.
On-site construction is progressing with turbine excavations, gravel hardstand construction, foundation pours and cable-laying.
“Work is on track to meet the delivery deadlines for turbine components and turbine erection will start as soon as components arrive,” Mr Mounsey said.
“The wind farm will be generating electricity this year.”
Updates about the transport period will be provided over the coming weeks. For more information, visit www.bocorockwindfarm.com.au.