PICTURE OF THE WEEK : Another successful heavy-haul logistics exercise on tow by Collett Transport

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Collett Transport, a leading specialist in wind turbine logistics and transport, has successfully delivered 88 wind turbine components for Drumlins Park Wind Farm project in County Monaghan. Working on behalf of General Electric (GE), Collett played a pivotal role in transporting blade and tower section components for eight GE 158RD turbines.

Drumlins Park Wind Farm, situated one mile south of Newbliss, is currently under construction by Energia Renewables, part of Energia Group which owns and operates 16 wind farm sites across island or Ireland, generating over 350MW of green electricity.

Prior to the commencement of deliveries, Collett undertook a trial run to identify potential challenges along the transportation route. This practical approach resulted in essential modifications, including tree pruning and adjustments to street furniture, ensuring a safe transportation 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 specialised fleet of trailers, utilising super wing carriers for the transportation of 65m long blades, flattop trailers for the additional 15m long blade tip and tower clamp trailers for various tower sections (bas, mid C, B, A, and top). The longest tower section (top) measured 28m long and the heaviest (base) weighed 62Te. In total, 88 components were transported, showcasing Collett’s expertise in handling complex logistics.

All components were loaded at Belview Port in Waterford and strategically transported during night-time deliveries to minimise traffic congestion. Covering a distance of 199 miles, the journey took a total travel time of 9 hours. Departing at 7 pm, the travel time included necessary rest breaks for the drivers and was accompanied by the Collett escort fleet and local Garda escort.

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

Experts in Motion since 1928 Collett & Sons Ltd have a wealth of experience transporting difficult and abnormal loads throughout the UK, Europe and worldwide, whilst servicing the Power Generation, Oil & Gas, Civil & Infrastructure, Heavy Engineering and Renewables sectors. Operating across depots in Halifax, Elland, Bradford, Goole, Grangemouth and Ireland, the Collett Team provide global transport logistics, incorporating all heavy lift, marine, consulting and warehousing services.