Oakdale turbines near completion
2:11pm Friday 25th October 2013 in News
WORK on two new wind turbines in Oakdale is progressing very well, according to developers.
Concrete pouring for the 130m high wind turbine foundations on the Oakdale Business Park Wind Energy site is now almost complete.
Partnerships for Renewables (PfR), the developers of the two-turbine scheme, are now getting ready for the delivery of the large crane components and the turbines themselves, which is due to take place next month.
The scheme, to put the turbines on open land next to Oakdale Business Park, was granted planning permission by Caerphilly council in 2011, and construction work began in July this year.
Once up and running, the 25-year scheme by renewable energy developer, Partnerships for Renewables, could power 2,000 homes. The turbines will generate eight gigawatt hours of green electricity a year.
Simon Vince, construction director, said: “We are very pleased with how construction on site has gone to date. The next phase of the process will include turbine components and blade delivery.
“We have been in detailed discussions with the Highways and Planning officers from Caerphilly County Borough Council and the Police to ensure that a traffic management plan is in place to manage construction traffic travelling to and from the site.
“We are grateful for the patience of the local communities and businesses as the works are completed. PfR and our contractors will do our very best to ensure that disruption to road traffic from the delivery of the turbines is kept to a minimum.
“The first large loads are due to arrive the week beginning Monday, November 11.”
Ken James, council's cabinet member for Regeneration, Planning and Sustainable Development, said: "It is excellent news that work on this exciting development is moving along so swiftly on site. This development reflects the council's commitment to sustainability and to finding cleaner, greener ways to produce energy.
"The development is also a significant boost to Oakdale Business Park which has been transformed over recent years into a flagship business plateau, and these wind turbines will help enhance the Business Parks' strategic importance in the area.”
A further drop-in session is planned for Wednesday, October 30, in Oakdale Community Centre between 4pm and 7pm where members of PfR will be present to answer any questions residents or businesses may have on the construction programme and the wider project.
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