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Energy / Viking Energy shipments continue as first tower parts arrive

A turbine tower component is offloaded in Lerwick. Photo: Jim Mullay

A FURTHER shipment of components for the Viking Energy wind farm is currently being offloaded at the Greenhead Base.

The 133-metre cargo ship MV Caroline arrived at Lerwick Harbour with turbine tower parts on Sunday evening.

It is the third such consignment to arrive at the port over recent weeks. Regular shipments with parts for the large wind farm are due over the coming months.

In December, the BBC Ruby and BBC Amethyst delivered top components for the Vestas V117 wind turbines which are currently being stored at the Greenhead Base.

Earlier this month, energy logistics company Peterson announced it had won the contract from manufacturer Vestas to provide offloading, storage and transportation services.

The first turbine blades are expected to arrive at Lerwick on board a fourth shipment later this week, likely on Thursday.

The transportation of more than 1,000 individual parts for the 103-turbine wind farm from the Greenhead Base to the construction site in the central mainland of Shetland is expected to get underway soon.

The companies and agencies involved in the operation have been trialling the transportation of very long loads in convoys up and down the A970.

Vestas has been contacted for comment.

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