Giant wind farm takes shape

Joseph Bulmer

The first of 22 Fullabrook wind turbines arrives in North Devon today

THE first of 22 giant wind turbines is set to be assembled and erected at Fullabrook Down by the end of the month.

Delivery of the first components started today (Monday), with around 66 individual convoys carrying a total of 176 loads scheduled to take place until the end of June.

Lorries carrying the turbines will travel along an agreed route in abnormal load convoys with a police escort.

They will travel southbound on the M5, along the A361 North Devon link road and across the new bridge over the Taw at Barnstaple. From there they will go through Braunton to Mullacott Cross, along the A3123 as far as Hore Down Gate and then down into the site.

The separate components for two turbines – a tower, three blades, nacelle and hub – will be delivered every week.

The wind farm is scheduled to be fully operational in the autumn of this year.

Turbine supplier Vestas has agreed a delivery schedule for mid-morning to early afternoon to minimise traffic disruption.