GALLERY: Wind farm transport begins

Delivery of the first Boco Rock Wind Farm components began on Monday morning, with tower sections arriving at the Nimmitabel site around midday.

The first truck left the Port of Eden at around 7am on Monday, and was followed by another around half an hour later.

The vehicles travelled to the site via Edrom Road, the Princes Highway, Imlay Road, the Monaro Highway and Springfield Road.

Specialist transport company Rex J Andrews is undertaking the project, and will deliver 201 tower sections, 201 blades, 67 nacelles, 67 hubs and 67 electrical kiosks to the wind farm.

Components are expected to be transported six days per week for up to six months, with three truckloads anticipated to make the journey each day, starting at 7am.

By law, the trucks may not travel closer than 10 minutes apart.

CWP Renewables senior development officer Siobhan Isherwood said the first delivery marked a significant milestone for the project, which was met with interest by Bombala residents.

“It’s been a long time in the making, so it’s really exciting to see it coming to fruition with the first turbines arriving at the site,” Ms Isherwood said.

“The first truck travelled through Bombala right on 10am, before stopping for a morning tea break.

“Lots of people came out to see them, and lots of them were taking photos and asking questions.

“The journey went very smoothly, and there were no problems at all.”

The trucks are sure to turn heads, with tower sections ranging in length from 22 to 29 metres and weighing between 34 and 52 tonnes.

Each nacelle, the heaviest of the components which houses the turbine-generator, weighs in the order of 67 tonnes.

South East Fibre Exports general manager Peter Mitchell said the transport process is not causing any disruption to logging trucks.

Mr Mitchell said SEFE is in regular contact with Rex J Andrews and has been made aware of the transport schedule to ensure the safety of drivers and their cargo.

“It’s had no impact on us whatsoever, and we’ve had good feedback from our drivers,” he said.

“We’ve seen them in the morning on our way to work, and the warning vehicles travelling ahead are very good in giving you enough time to know when a truck is coming.”

The first turbines are expected to be erected at the controversial wind farm in May, with the collector substation to be energised in August.

Some turbines will then begin generating energy in September, before the expected completion of construction in February 2015.

The first Boco Rock Wind Farm components are transported down the Princes Highway on their journey through Bombala and to the wind farm site at Nimmitabel.

The first Boco Rock Wind Farm components are transported down the Princes Highway on their journey through Bombala and to the wind farm site at Nimmitabel.

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