|No of Turbines||3|
|Capacity of Site||6MW|
|Turbine Height to Blade Tip||120m|
|Site Grid Ref||NS 89 69|
Drumduff Wind Farm is located some 1½ miles north of Blackridge just off Heights Road on land which includes the former Drumduff opencast coal mine. The wind farm will be connected to the electricity grid by a new 5km long underground cable which will connect into an existing Scottish Power substation near Avonbridge. The map below shows the wind farm location along with the proposed three turbines shown as red dots.
Drumduff Wind Farm project is being constructed by Green Breeze Energy Limited, a joint venture between GreenPower (Drumduff) Ltd and Thrive Renewables. Both companies have considerable experience of developing wind turbine projects and Green Breeze Energy will build the wind farm and also own and operate it once installation is complete.
Wind Farm Construction Programme
Construction of the wind farm commenced at the end of January 2017. The main civils and electrical works, such as upgrading and creation of access tracks, constructing the turbine foundations and carrying out improvement works on Heights Road will be undertaken by our contractor, A E Yates Limited. The overall construction programme is as follows:
Delivery of Wind Turbines
Turbine delivery is due in May 2017. The wind turbine components such as the blades and the tower sections will be delivered by abnormal load delivery lorries. These will exit from the M8 at Junction 4 then travel north on the A801 and then along the A89 through Armadale to Blackridge. In Blackridge the delivery vehicles will turn north onto Heights Road at the Craig Inn Community Centre junction and then onwards to the wind farm site. The delivery vehicles will be escorted by police and other escort vehicles. Notices will be posted locally advising of the dates and times of the deliveries.
Improvements to Heights Road
To allow the turbine delivery vehicles to pass along Heights Road it will be necessary to undertake some improvement works as follows:
- A89/ Heights Road (Craig Inn Community Centre) – A number of lampposts and other items of street furniture will be temporarily removed to allow for the passage of the turbine delivery vehicles.
- Heights Road Widening – The road will be widened slightly into the verge to provide enough width for delivery vehicles to pass along Heights Road. A road closure will take place during the period from 7am on Monday 27 March until 7am on Sunday 23 April to complete these works. Details of the diversion route can be found on West Lothian Council’s website.
- Heights Road Corners – To allow delivery vehicles to negotiate three corners on Heights Road those corners will be temporarily widened. Once the turbines have been delivered the corners will be reinstated and fences put back.
During the period of turbine delivery temporary parking restrictions are likely to be required at the southern end of Heights Road. Details of this will be confirmed and communicated prior to the turbine component delivery.