Collett Transport, a prominent player in wind turbine transportation, has concluded the delivery of 88 crucial wind turbine components for the Drumlins Park Wind Farm project in Ireland. Executed on behalf of GE, the mission involved the transportation of blade and tower section components for eight GE 158RD turbines.
Located one mile south of Newbliss in County Monaghan, the Drumlins Park Wind Farm is a pivotal project by Energia Renewables, a subsidiary of the Energia Group with a substantial portfolio of 16 wind farm sites generating over 350MW of green electricity across the island of Ireland. Prior to the commencement of deliveries, Collett Transport took a proactive approach by conducting a trial run to identify potential challenges along the transportation route. This hands-on strategy led to crucial modifications, including tree pruning and adjustments to street furniture, ensuring a secure and smooth transportation process.
Dedicated Team and Collaborative Efforts
Throughout the project, Collett Transport deployed a specialized team of eight professionals, including a project manager overseeing all deliveries, three truck drivers, three escort vehicle drivers, and a tow truck driver. Collaborating seamlessly with Collett, Edwin Sunderland at Exceptional Load Services Ltd played a vital role in securing necessary permits and liaising with local authorities, including coordination with Garda escorts.
Expertise in Action
Collett utilized its specialized fleet of trailers, employing super wing carriers for the transportation of 65m long blades, flattop trailers for the additional 15m long blade tip, and tower clamp trailers for various tower sections (bas, mid C, B, A, and top). The intricate logistics showcased Collett’s proficiency in handling complex components, including the longest tower section (top) measuring 28m long and the heaviest (base) weighing 62Te.
Green Future in Motion
All 88 components were loaded at Belview Port in Waterford and strategically transported during night-time deliveries to minimize traffic congestion. Covering a distance of 199 miles, the journey took a total travel time of 9 hours. Departing at 7 pm, the travel time included necessary rest breaks for the drivers and was accompanied by the Collett escort fleet and local Garda escort.
The Drumlins Park Wind Farm, expected to be operational in 2024, is projected to generate up to 49MW of renewable energy. This output is poised to meet the electricity demands of approximately 34,000 Irish households and offset 58,000 tonnes of CO2 annually, underscoring a steadfast commitment to a greener and more sustainable future.