Collett & Sons Become the first to use a Blade Lifter in the UK!

Collett & Sons Become the first to use a Blade Lifter in the UK!

Heavy haulage specialists Collett & Sons are the first transport company to use a blade lifter on a UK wind farm. Working in partnership with P. Adams Transport, Collett & Sons Ltd were appointed to manage and transport all wind turbine components for Windy Rig Wind Farm located in Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland.

Windy Rig Wind Farm is located on the Moorbrock Estate, 140km south of New Cumnock, and consists of 12 Vestas V112 turbines. Each turbine features 55-metre-long blades and a 69-metre hub height.

Employing a two-port entry strategy, the blades were discharged at the Port of Ayr, with all remaining components facilitated via King George V Dock in Glasgow.

Utilising their Super Wing Carriers, Collett transported the 55-metre-long blades during night time deliveries from the Port of Ayr to a transition point located 18km from the main wind farm site. The blades were then transferred on to the blade lifter for the final part of the journey.

In contrast to Collett’s super wing carrier trailers, which place the blades on the deck on the trailer, the blade lifter allows the mounting of the blade horizontally to the trailer module. Using its hydraulic lifting system, the blade can be tilted to an angle of up to 60°, avoiding the need for extensive civil engineering works which is potentially expensive in both time and costs.

Additionally, the use of the blade lifter enabled the planning consent of the wind farm without the need for third party land and the associated potential risks and costs.

Due to the wind farm’s challenging site access, the use of the blade lifter reduced the amount of required oversail by a combination of the tilting of the blade and the manoeuvrability of the self-propelled module.

The remaining turbine components were delivered utilising Collett’s fleet of specialist trailers. The tower sections, the longest measuring 30m and the heaviest weighing 55 Tonnes, utilised Collett’s specialised tower clamp trailers whilst the heavier components, such as the nacelle and drive trains weighing 64Te and 61Te respectively, utilised multi-axle low bed trailers.

All component deliveries for each of the Vestas V112 turbines are now complete.

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More about Collett & Sons Ltd: Experts in Motion since 1928 Collett have a wealth of experience transporting difficult and abnormal loads throughout the UK, Europe and worldwide. Their specialist fleet operates across depots in Halifax, Goole, the Port of Grangemouth, and most recently Collett (Ireland) Ltd in Dublin. Experts in the transport of abnormal loads, Collett are your global professional partner for transport, heavy lift, marine & transport consulting.

We understand that unique projects require unique solutions, that’s why we are recognised globally as industry leading multi-modal heavy lift specialists

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