Turbine parts back on road after error

return journey: Three turbine base units slow traffic down as they make their way along the A96 at Fochabers Bypass
return journey: Three turbine base units slow traffic down as they make their way along the A96 at Fochabers Bypass

There was fresh disruption on a northern road at the weekend as wind farm bosses return massive, and incorrectly sized, turbine parts to Inverness.

Motorists using the A96 Aberdeen to Inverness road experienced weeks of delays as components of the Moray Dorenell Wind Farm were delivered.

But at the start of June it emerged that six huge parts would have to be sent back as they will not connect into the ground.

Engineers discovered the huge base parts could not be attached to the foundations that had already been set into the ground.

Yesterday a convoy left the Dorenell site at 8am, passing Keith, Forres and Nairn before eventually making its way to Inverness by 1.15pm.

This was the first of “two or three” convoys, according to a spokeswoman for EDF energy.

The controversial wind farm development, run by EDF energy, attracted 640 objections when it was first proposed.

It also survived two court bids from drinks company William Grant and Sons, who own Dufftown-based Glenfiddich, who had been desperate to see the project blocked.

Work began on upgrading the roads in the rural Cabrach region nearly two years ago in order to accommodate the convoy shipments.

EDF Renewables said last night that the issue had been discovered by turbine manufacturers Vestas and that a solution had been developed to stop the situation happening again.

A spokeswoman said: “Vestas has discovered an issue with the tower bases as part of the works at Dorenell Windfarm being developed by EDF Renewables and has already found a solution.

“Only six affected parts are at the Dorenell site already and will need to be returned from site to Inverness port in two to three convoys.”

The spokeswoman said that the disruption to traffic caused by the additional journeys was likely to be minor, in the context of the wider project.

The rest of the deliveries to the Dorenell site will continue as planned.

The spokeswoman added: “Vestas takes full responsibility for the issue and is in close contact with EDF Renewables, working as quickly as possible to keep any disruption to a minimum.”

Information on delivery times and dates can is available by emailing info@dorenellwindfarm.co.uk

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