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Energy / First Viking Energy turbine blade taken north to wind farm site

Photo: SSE Renwables

THE FIRST delivery of a turbine blade to the Viking Energy wind farm site was made today (Thursday).

Other parts for the turbines began being taken from Lerwick to the Central Mainland site by convoy in February.

But another milestone in the 103-turbine project has now been reached with the first delivery of a 57-metre blade.

Some blades have been stored in Lerwick over the last few months following shipments from abroad.

Turbine manufacturer Vestas previously said the aim was to erect all 103 turbines by the end of 2023.

SSE Renewables’ Aaron Priest said: “Delivery of the first turbine blades marks yet another significant moment in the construction of Viking Wind Farm.

“It was particularly impressive to watch the first turbine blades being transported to site and, again, we would like to thank all those involved in the delivery process. It is their excellent co-ordination which continues to ensure that road users’ journeys are not significantly impacted.”

Vestas lead project manager Robert Yeates said the first blade deliveries went to plan.

A Viking Energy turbine blade heading north on Thursday (16 March). Photo: Margaret Clark

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