The construction of South Kyle Wind Farm will enter its next phase this month with the transportation of major turbine components to the renewables project south east of Dalmellington.
From April, wind turbine blades, towers and nacelles will be heading to the development from Port of Ayr and Glasgow’s King George V’s Docks, with the first of South Kyle’s 50 turbines due to be installed and generating electricity later this summer.
Due to their size (the turbine blades measure 64m long), the components will be transported as abnormal loads, in convoy and under police escort with the delivery programme expected to last around five months. To minimise disruption to other road users, deliveries are scheduled to take place overnight during an 11pm to 4am window. Affected routes include:
- From Port of Ayr – Whitletts Road to the A77 via Holmston Road Roundabout and then the A713 from Bankfield Roundabout through Hollybush, Patna and Dalmellington to the South Kyle Wind Farm entrance.
- From Glasgow KGV Docks – M8 eastbound to M77 and A77 to Bankfield Roundabout through Hollybush, Patna and Dalmellington to the South Kyle Wind Farm entrance.
Additional signage is being installed along the route, and other road users can sign up for text and email updates.
South Kyle Wind Farm’s Project Director Paul Nickless commented:
“South Kyle Wind Farm is one of Vattenfall’s largest onshore projects in the UK, and after eighteen months of civil and electrical engineering, we are looking forward to welcoming the first blades, towers and nacelles to the site where the turbines will be assembled, installed and energised.
“Extensive planning and preparation has gone into the turbine delivery plan, but we appreciate that for other road users there may be some delays. We apologise for any inconvenience this might cause and urge anyone planning on using the A713 between Dalmellington and Ayr overnight during this spring and summer to sign up for updates.”
Further updates will be published on the Vattenfall website