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Energy / Watch: first journey to wind farm site for Viking Energy turbine parts

THE FIRST delivery of Viking Energy turbine parts left Lerwick for the wind farm site this morning (Monday) at 6am – starting months of convoys on the A970.

It is anticipated that three convoys per day will take place from Lerwick to the Central Mainland, on Monday to Saturdays, through to July.

The first convoy left Lerwick at 6 on Monday morning. Photo: Shetland News

Large turbine parts, including the 57 metre long blades, are being stored at Lerwick’s Greenhead Base after arriving via chartered boat.

They will be taken north along the A970 on special lorries, escorted by police vehicles.

The first convoy was led by two police vehicles (not seen in the video above), and it included three lorries and two support vans.

The trips between Lerwick and the wind farm site should take around an hour.

Components arriving on site. Photo: SSE Renewables

The length and width of the convoys means that overtaking will not be permitted except at designated locations where the convoy will stop and following traffic will be allowed to pass under police control.

Convoys are scheduled to leave Lerwick three times a day – on weekdays (Monday to Friday) between 6am – 7am, 11am – 12 noon and 1pm – 2pm; and on Saturdays between 6am – 7am, 10am – 11am, and 12 noon – 2pm.

Manufacturer Vestas says it is confident all 103 Viking Energy wind turbines will be in place by the end of the year.

Once completed the turbines will each have a height of 155 metres from the ground to the top of the blade.

The first Viking wind farm turbine component convoys leaving Lerwick on Monday morning. Photo: SSE Renewables

Drivers reminded to allow extra time for journeys on A970 from Monday as Viking convoys begin

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