Musselroe Wind Farm tower transport begins
Erection of wind turbines at the Musselroe Wind Farm moves one step closer this week, with the first tower components transported to the site.
The $400 million Musselroe project will have 56 wind turbines, with a total generating capacity of 168 megawatts. This would power 50 000 homes, equal to the residential power needs of Burnie and Devonport combined.
Each turbine tower is fabricated in three parts, making a total of 168 sections to be transported, each of which is between 24-29 metres in length. The tower components range in weight from 28-76 tonnes.
Custom-built truck/trailer systems will be used to transport the tower components from Launceston-based Haywards Steel Fabrication and Construction to the wind farm site at Cape Portland in north-east Tasmania.
Transport of the components will occur at night to minimise any disruption to traffic, starting on 9 August and continuing until December.
The route will be:
- Western Junction to Bell Bay via East Tamar Highway. Departure from Western Junction (airport) approx. 2.00am
- Bell Bay to Bridport via Bridport Road. Passing through Bridport approx. 4.00am
- Bridport to Gladstone via Waterhouse Road. Passing through Gladstone approx. 5.30am
- Gladstone to Cape Portland via Cape Portland Road. Arrival at Cape Portland approx. 6.30am
The tower sections are loaded one section per truck, and will travel in a convoy with a Transport Tasmania escort.
Hydro Tasmania requests that local residents using these roads during the transport period please take care and exercise patience in the event of any delays to your travel.
Erection of towers at the Musselroe Wind Farm will begin in November this year.
For more information contact Samantha Meyer 03 6230 5746.
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