Transporting Wind Turbines: An Oversized Challenge

The first wind turbine components have started arriving at the Bango Wind Farm project, which is located approximately 35km Northwest of Yass, NSW. The detailed design for over 37km of internal access tracks, 46 crane hardstands and Wind Turbine Generator (WTG) foundations are just some of the elements that encapsulate icubed’s involvement at Bango Wind Farm. As of October 2020, over half of the 46 WTG reinforced concrete foundations have been constructed, and the highly anticipated delivery of WTG components has commenced.
The CWP Renewables project entered the ‘turbine installation’ phase in September 2020, which comprised of turbine towers, nacelles and blades being brought to the site and subsequently crane assembly and erection activities commenced shortly thereafter.
The attached video displays the delivery of a LM Wind Power blade section, travelling across 8km of  access tracks designed by icubed. The geometric design of the access tracks has been optimised by our design team to satisfy the considerable horizontal and vertical curve requirements of the monumental 65.4m long blade sections, featured on the GE Renewable Energy Cypress wind turbines. Given the complex terrain across the project and associated turbine manoeuvrability requirements, each site presents a unique engineering challenge.
Bango Wind Farm is set for energisation in 2021. When completed, the proposed project capacity is approximately 240 MW, which would generate enough energy for over 100,000 homes* and would save over 600,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions every year.
*(Based on an average NSW household electricity consumption of 7.3 MWh annually.)

 

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