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PROJECT SPOTLIGHT

HeavyTorque Issue Four: Project Spotlight - Collett & Sons Ltd

TAKE THE HIGH ROAD

FOR THE PAST COUPLE OF MONTHS COLLETT & SONS HAVE BEEN IN THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS, ASSISTING SENVION WITH THE DELIVERY OF SSE’S STRATHY NORTH WIND FARM, GOING BACK AND FORTH FROM SCRABSTER PORT TO THE SITE IN SUTHERLAND ON THE COUNTRY’S MOST NORTHERLY ROADS.

The latest development of 33 MM82 turbines consists of more than 200 individual components. Senvion called upon the expertise of Collett to facilitate the entire project – ships’ discharge, storage, transport and delivery. Thirteen ships were expected at Scrabster – from Cambeltown, Portugal and Germany. Each carried towers, nacelles, hubs, and blades: components for complete turbines. With a 16-week deadline for all deliveries, the project needed a significant amount of planning, not to mention the number of vehicles, trailers and Collett staff required.

The first consignment was due at the beginning of February: the fleet was mobilised and Collett hit the road for Scrabster. When the first ship docked, the team set to work, carefully unloading to an agreed laydown plan, ensuring ease of access to each component for their strict delivery schedule. As the ships arrived, the trailers departed, leaving the port and heading towards the wind farm. Three deliveries were planned per day, depending on weather and shipping schedules. SSE also requested that no delivery was to leave Scrabster before 9am, to avoid any unnecessary peak-time disruption on the roads. Each load travelled the 21 mile journey to the site’s Baligill entrance, and was delivered directly to the relevant pad site.

HeavyTorque Issue Four: Project Spotlight - Collett & Sons Ltd
HeavyTorque Issue Four: Project Spotlight - Collett & Sons Ltd

Continuing throughout February, March, April and May, one by one the ships arrived, the components for each turbine were safely unloaded, transported, and delivered. Four months and 264 deliveries later, they are all now safely on site. Since the first ship arrived in February at the port of Scrabster, Collett has handled 99 blades, 99 tower sections, 33 hubs and 33 nacelles. As a result, the 33 turbines at Strathy North Wind Farm are now under the final stages of construction and expected to be operational by the end of 2015.

From beginning to end, the Collett team expertly oversaw the project, managing everything from ship to pad site (undertaking all port agency, contract lift, ship’s management, agency and discharge, storage, handling, transport and delivery). The entire operation involved seven tractor units and eighteen trailers, with an army of support vehicles and Collett staff. And the ‘jigsaw puzzle’ of moving the turbine pieces from ship to site was solved.

HeavyTorque Issue Four: Project Spotlight - Collett & Sons Ltd
HeavyTorque Issue Four: Project Spotlight - Collett & Sons Ltd

Announcement

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It is with regret, that the HeavyTorque team have decided to take a stand based on an industry-wide ‘blind eye’ to the waste in the magazine and periodicals business.

HeavyTorque (#15, July 2018) was the final issue to grace the shop shelves, both on the High Street and across the travel network. As part of our onward strategy to adapt, HeavyTorque will now be distributed exclusively through controlled circulation and available through printed subscription.

Please note, this change will only affect newsstand purchasers. There will be no change for our loyal print subscribers.

Why the newsstand change? Quite simply, we can no longer (in good conscience) participate in a distribution programme that creates such an inherent waste of our precious natural resources – and money.

For those of you who have enjoyed HeavyTorque from the newsstand, we sincerely appreciate your business – and we would hope that you’ve enjoyed the magazine enough to consider a direct subscription?

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