Scout Moor Wind Farm Under Construction
|Wed, 28 Nov 2007 14:04
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The above photographs show the delivery and construction of the Scoutmoor Wind Farm in Lancashire including the arrival and construction of the very first tower sections in November 2007, the arrival and construction of the final turbine tower in May 2008, and the official opening of the wind farm in September 2008.
The 26 wind turbines are spread out across a total of eight different grid squares with seven towers alone in SD8218
|Thu, 13 Dec 2007 16:28
|Now completed the wind farm consists of a total 26 wind turbines, each with a generating capacity of 2.5MW.
The wind farm has a total capacity of 65MW of electricity, which is enough power to supply the average needs of 40,000 homes.
Tower Height: 60m
Blade Length: 40m
Total Max Height: 100m
Electricity is exported to the National Grid via the newly built dedicated substation, shown below, located south of the A680 near Ashworth Moor Reservoir.
Eight miles of new access roads were constructed on the moor to enable the transportation of the turbines to each of the 26 turbine base locations.
Turbine Tower number 21,shown below, was the first tower to be completed.
With all the gale force winds in January and early February construction was delayed.
Engineers made up for lost time in the second week of February thanks to fine calm weather conditions.
This resulted in daily deliveries of turbine tower parts by road.
With even more calm weather over the second two weeks of February 2008 engineers made rapid progress and completed the building of two more towers within a week.
By early March 2008 a total of eight towers had been completed.
By mid March 2008 a total of nine towers had been completed with a further two under
construction which was quite an accomplishment due to all the high winds the country had suffered at that time of year.
By the 19th of March 2008 Turbine Tower Nos 8,9,10,12,15,16,18,19,21 and 25 had been completed with just some internal work to be done.
Construction continued on tower No 7 below which was the eleventh out of the total of twenty six towers to be built.
April the 1st and construction has moved on to turbine base No 3 (below) after the completion of turbine towers 6,7,8,9,10,12,15,16,18,19,21 and 25.
Turbine Tower No 3 was completed on Tuesday the 9th of April 2008 and was the thirteenth tower to be completed meaning the project had reached the halfway point.
April the 6th 2008
Turbine No 25 became the very first turbine to begin generating.
Early on Sunday morning technicians from the turbine manufacturer Nordex connected a laptop as part of the commissioning process which monitors more than 300 different parameters like temperature sensors, hydraulic sensors, pitch parameters, wind sensor set and power output.
April 13th 2008 and a milestone day on Scout Moor when the first turbine No 25 went live and began generating at full power.
May 3rd 2008
With the exellent weather conditions in April 2008 construction of Scout Moor Wind Farm picked up pace with 19 turbines erected, and works underway to complete the complex electronic, fibre optic and other control systems of each turbine. Once these systems are fitted each turbine will then be subject to rigorous testing and commissioning procedures, and once complete they will be ready for generation of electricity.
The commissioning of the installed turbines occured at the same time as the remaining turbines were erected and made ready for internal fitting out as described above.
This resulted in some turbines generating electricity whilst others were being installed, and commissioned at other locations across the site.
May 20th 2008
Construction had continued over the previous three weeks at a steady pace leaving just 4 Turbine Towers awaiting construction.
Two met masts were built over the last two weeks of May one next to Turbine No 16 and one next to Turbine No 2.
May 31st 2008
Saw the delivery of the very last Turbine Tower sections to Scout Moor
Almost 6 months to the day since the first tower was delivered in November 2007 the final two towers to be constructed were Turbines No 17 and 23
June 4th 2008
Turbine No 17 below was completed during the afternoon.
The cranes and equipment then moved on during late afternoon to start consruction of the final tower Turbine No 23 below which, was due to be completed by week ending 7/06/2008
June 7th 2008
This was an historic day on Scout Moor as construction of the wind farm came to an end.
At 13:00 the very last blade was attached to Turbine No 23 and all superstructure building work was complete.
Ground crew engineers are seen below in front of the final blade just before it was lifted into position.
June 23rd 2008
Generation of electricity from the wind farm increased over the following weeks as the final tests and commisioning works to the 26 turbines were completed.
Construction of the wind turbines began back in November 2007 at Turbine No 16.
By June 2008 engineers had constructed 26 wind turbine towers and installed 78 turbine blades 450 metres above sea level up on Scout Moor much of the time amid adverse weather conditions of thick fog,gale force winds,torrential rain,snow and ice during the winter months of 2008.
With the project now complete I would just like to take this opportunity to thank construction site manager Martin Hewitt and project manager Jamie Mathlin without whose help and co-operation during the construction of the wind farm many of the close up pictures above would not have been possible
These photographs are just a small selection from over 6500 pictures i took on Scout Moor between November 2007 and July 2008.
|Thu, 21 Feb 2008 16:52
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|Mon, 23 Jun 2008 15:11
|Nordex Production Line Photograph|
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|Thu, 21 Aug 2008 12:02
McNicholas Press Release
Scout Moor turbines spinning
McNicholas project manager Jamie Mathlin and his team have successfully overcome some extreme weather conditions during the construction of a 26-turbine wind farm scheme at Scout Moor in Lancashire.
Wind speeds of up to 210 kph, temperatures as low as minus 12 degrees Celsius, ferocious hailstorms and 25 days of snow were among the difficulties they faced. They even had to cope with the unusual problem of cranes becoming frozen in the extreme cold.
Scout Moor is near Rochdale in south-east Lancashire and the 65MW project, which began in November 2006, is due to be commissioned in September this year.
All 26 Nordex turbines have been erected and 12 are already connected to a new sub station.
Nearly 25km of new roads have been built, floating on a geotextile mesh laid on top of the peat bog, which is a feature of the site. Over 70km of cabling was installed during the works.
Project work included plugging disused coalmine shafts with 7000 cubic metres of grout to stop them collapsing. Care has also been taken to protect nearby reservoirs from pollution.
The project's carbon footprint has been reduced through sourcing 95 per cent of the raw materials required from within a radius of 16km.
Scout Moor is being developed by Peel Holdings and the electricity generated will be bought by Scottish Power under a 15-year agreement.
"It has been really challenging," said Jamie, "but we are on the home straight now and everyone involved can be proud of the project."
|Sat, 6 Sep 2008 04:37
Peel Holdings Press Release
As of the 26th August 2008 21 of 26 turbines have been commissioned. Of the three electrical circuits that make up the wind farm one circuit of turbines is fully completed with the second set expected to be completed at the end of August.
Commissioning and testing of the turbines is the last stage in the installation and construction of the wind farm. It is a lengthy process in which the individual turbine control systems are installed. During this time the electrical and mechanical systems are set-up, calibrated and fine tuned to ensure that the wind farm operates at the capacity intended to produce as much electricity as possible. The cabling works, which include the installation of many kilometres of fibre-optic cable need to be installed during the internal fitting out of the wind turbines, and linked from each individual turbine to the central system control known as the SCADA.
The SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) is a computer system which collects data from each turbine on the performance of that turbine in real time. Data from the turbines is logged and any faults that may occur with the turbines are recorded here. If a fault occurs with a wind turbine it is recorded, and an instant message, either through email or SMS text to mobile numbers is sent, so that the problem can be fixed in a short space of time and thereby minimising turbine downtime.
In order to make sure that all the turbines are working and commissioned properly and to ensure the turbine control and SCADA equipment is functioning properly it is sometimes necessary to turn turbines on and off intermittently, this will take place until the completion and final commissioning of the wind farm. On some occasions during this commissioning period a turbine that might have been running for a period of time will have to be switched off, or run at a lower production output whilst any defects are identified and fixed to ensure that the turbine is operating correctly and will continue to do so for the next 25 years.
To date the wind farm has produced over 4,000 MWh of electricity which has been exported to the National Grid.
Source Peel Holdings
|Sun, 28 Sep 2008 23:26
| The Official Opening of Scout Moor Wind Farm
25th of September 2008 and Peel Wind Power Ltd, the developers of the site, welcomed dignitories from across the North West to the official opening of the Scout Moor Wind Farm. Children from Edenfield Primary School were on hand to cut the ribbon at Turbine Tower No 22.
Richard Dibley, wind power development manager at Peel, said at the opening: "We have welcomed people here today to thank them for their patience and understanding during the construction period and for them to see the wind farm in action at close quarters. I think we have chosen the perfect site here as it is more than 50% windier up here than it is in the surrounding area. These turbines will be generating power for years to come using a natural resource that will never run out."
Head Teacher at Edenfield Primary School, Janet Reidy, said: "It was superb for the children to be involved with the official opening after all the work they had done about the wind farm in their lessons. I think they will all remember this in future years and now they know what it's like to be film stars with all the camera crews here!"
Today the wind farm is up and running with a life expectancy of at least 25 years and judging by the people that visit the site at weekends it has become something of a tourist attraction.
The best place to park should you wish to visit the wind farm is next to Ashworth Moor Reservoir near the Shack Bar
This is on the main A680 and from this point it is about a 40 minute walk up hill to the nearest turbine.
Once up there you can make good use of the 8 miles of access road that has been constructed linking all the 26 turbines together.
|Mon, 27 Oct 2008 15:52
|Mon, 17 Nov 2008 10:17
|An electrical fault caused the turbines at Scout Moor windfarm to grind to a halt with about a third of the wind farm’s 26 turbines not working for a few days in early November 2008 as a result of a problem at the sub station pictured below.
Richard Dibley, development manager for Peel Energy, said: "As part of our normal checks for the wind farm, we discovered an intermittent electrical fault which meant that some of the turbines weren't operating as well as they should have.
"Our engineers immediately investigated and installed a new piece of equipment to correct this.
As part of the diagnosis, a third of the turbines were shut down to allow the engineers to run technical tests".
"This did not affect the overall performance of Scout Moor wind farm because we factor in this maintenance time."
The company also moved to deny rumours that the wind farm had rarely been working fully since its opening in September.
The engineers got the turbines up and running again by the 12th of November 2008
February 2009 and the Scout Moor Wind Farm has been fully operational for over four months and running at full capacity and is likley to do so for at least the next 25 years.
On the 27 October 2008 Nordex completed it's 1,000th turbine in its N80/N90 series.
Some 60 people worked in shifts on the jubilee machine. As with every turbine at Nordex, it passed through six production stages with a total of around 570 parts being installed – from the gearbox down to the smallest screw.
The “Number 1,000” was constructed at the “Lisset Airfield” project below.
At the site, above, Nordex installed twelve N90/2500 turbines for Novera Energy Ltd in January 2009.