Components for the 13 turbines at Wryde Croft wind-farm to the east of Thorney started arriving last week, with delivery of three 39m long turbine blades. Further components are due for delivery throughout July and August.
Construction of the wind-farm by energy company RES began in September 2014, and it is expected to be fully operational by the end of the year. Over the last few months, seven kilometres of on-site tracks have been created and all 13 of the foundations which will support the turbines are now complete.
Bob Wilson, RES Construction Site Manager at Wryde Croft Wind Farm, said: “This site has excellent transport access and we do not anticipate any significant delays for local people during the turbine delivery period. The wind farm is progressing to schedule and we should see the first turbines being erected in the coming weeks.”
Turbine deliveries will continue for approximately eight weeks. The delivery vehicles should travel along the A47, turn onto New Cut Road to the east of Thorney, then turn right to access the wind farm site via Wallace Drove. RES says it has agreed this delivery route in consultation with Peterborough City Council, the police and relevant highways authorities. All turbine deliveries must follow the agreed route to site, avoiding local villages.
Specially designed vehicles are used to deliver the various sections of the turbines – each turbine comprises three blades, two tower sections, a hub and nacelle (or gearbox). The deliveries have been scheduled to minimise disruption and will take place Monday to Friday, with an occasional delivery on Saturday if required.
Wryde Croft Wind Farm is due to start generating electricity by the end of this year. Once the wind farm is fully operational, it will provide a community benefits package of £130,000 per year (index linked) and be capable of generating sufficient renewable electricity to power around 14,000 homes.
The community benefits offered at Wryde Croft Wind Farm will comprise a Community Benefit Fund to support local charitable projects and a Local Electricity Discount Scheme (LEDS), which offers nearest neighbours an annual discount of at least £100 per year off their electricity bills. Eligible properties will be contacted directly with details of how to claim the discount.