Collett completes Drumlins wind farm in Ireland


Collett Transport has delivered 88 wind turbine components for Drumlins Park wind farm project in Ireland.

Working on behalf of GE, Collett played a pivotal role in transporting blade and tower section components for eight GE 158RD turbines. Each turbine included 11 components: three blades, three blade tips, and five tower sections for a total of 88 components delivered.

The Drumlins Wind Farm is expected to generate up to 49MW of renewable energy. (Courtesy: Collett Transport)

Drumlins Park Wind Farm, one mile south of Newbliss in County Monaghan, is under construction by Energia Renewables, part of Energia Group, which owns and operates 16 wind-farm sites across Ireland, generating more than 350 MW of green electricity.

Prior to starting the deliveries, Collett undertook a test run to identify potential challenges along the transportation route. This approach identified essential modifications, including tree pruning and adjustments to street furniture, ensuring a safe delivery process.

Throughout the project, Collett deployed a dedicated team of eight professionals, including a project manager overseeing all deliveries, three truck drivers, three escort vehicle drivers, and a tow truck driver.

In collaboration with Collett, Edwin Sunderland at Exceptional Load Services Ltd played a crucial role in securing necessary permits and liaising with local authorities, including coordinating with Garda escorts.

Collett employed its specialized fleet of trailers, using super wing carriers for the transportation of 65-meter-long blades, flattop trailers for the additional 15-meter-long blade tip and tower clamp trailers for various tower sections. The longest tower sections measured 28-meter-long and the heaviest weighed 62 metric tons.

All components were loaded at Belview Port in Waterford and strategically transported during night-time deliveries to minimize traffic congestion. Covering a distance of 199 miles, the journey took nine hours.

The Drumlins Wind Farm, expected to be operational in 2024, is anticipated to generate up to 49 MW of renewable energy. This output is projected to meet the electricity demands of about 34,000 Irish households and offset 58,000 metric tons of CO2 annually, reinforcing the commitment to a greener and more sustainable future.

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