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26 Sep 2012

First turbines arrive at Carraig Gheal Wind Farm

The first of 20 wind turbines were delivered successfully in the early hours of Monday morning from the Wind Towers factory at Machrihanish to the Carraig Gheal Wind Farm site NW of Loch Awe. The 20 turbine 46MW wind farm developed by GreenPower has been under construction since last year and is scheduled to be finished in early 2013.

The first load comprising blades, a nacelle and the first tower section from Wind Towers Ltd made the journey overnight to avoid traffic disruption on the A83 and A816 before completing its journey on the new West Loch Awe Timber Haul Route to the site at Fernoch Farm.

John Morgan, Director of GreenPower said, "I'm delighted that after many years working on the wind farm design, taking it through planning and preparing the site, we now have the first turbines ready to go up. Transporting the turbines to the site has taken a big logistical effort, with the construction of 28km of new forest road to reach the wind farm. It was a great moment when the first batch of Siemens and Wind Towers components arrived at the start of the timber haul route at dawn following their overnight journey from Machrihanish. As a Scottish company we are particularly pleased to see the towers manufactured here in Argyll supporting local jobs and investment in the process."

The deliveries will continue for 8-10 weeks running Sun-Thu with two convoys running per night, starting at around midnight with approximately 2 hours in-between each delivery. Updates and any changes to the delivery schedule will be posted on twitter @Carraig_Gheal and on this website.