SD8418 : Turbine No 21 at Sunset

taken 11 years ago, 3 km from Waterfoot, Lancashire, Great Britain

Turbine No 21 at Sunset
Turbine No 21 at Sunset
On Wednesday 12th of December 2007 the very first turbine tower was completed on Scout Moor.
The last of the three 8 ton 40 metre long blades was attached to turbine No 21 at sunset.

This photograph was taken by project manager Jamie R Mathlin without whose help and cooperation many of the close up images
I have taken during construction of the wind farm would not have been possible.
When construction of Scout Moor was completed Jamie moved on to his next project which was the building of the Gunfleet Sands Off-Shore wind farm in Essex LinkExternal link

SD8318 : Scout Moor Turbine Towers 15 and 21
SD8417 : Working on the hub 60 metres up.
SD8418 : Top section of turbine tower 21 being lifted into position
SD8418 : Top section of tower 21 is locked into position
SD8418 : The very first completed wind turbine on Scout Moor
SD7919 : Last Turbine Tower Delivery to Scout Moor

Following a public inquiry held in 2004, planning consent was granted by the Secretary of State on the 25th May 2005 for the building of Scout Moor Wind Farm.
Construction of the wind turbines began back in November 2007 at Turbine No 16 on the right in the picture.
By June 2008 engineers had constructed 26 wind turbine towers and installed 78 turbine blades 450 metres above sea level on Scout Moor amid adverse weather conditions of thick fog, gale force winds, torrential rain, snow and ice during the winter months of 2008.

On the 25th of September 2008 dignitaries from across the North West were invited to the official opening of the Scout Moor wind farm.
Children from Edenfield Primary School, who have enjoyed lessons based around the wind farm, were on hand to cut the ribbon at Turbine No 22. LinkExternal link
Head Teacher at Edenfield Primary School, Janet Reidy, said: "It was superb for the children to be involved 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 there!"

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."

Turbine details: Tower Height: 60m
Blade Length: 40m Total Max Height: 100m
Manufacturer: Nordex
Model: N80 LinkExternal link

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Paul Anderson   (find more nearby)
Date Taken
Wednesday, 12 December, 2007   (more nearby)
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Friday, 21 November, 2008
Category
Wind turbines   (more nearby)
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 841 187 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:39.8723N 2:14.4808W
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