Ainscough Wind Energy Services have completed the assembly of three 59 metre-high MM82 turbines at Dunsland Cross Wind Farm in Devon for leading wind-turbine manufacturer, Senvion.
The installation marks a major milestone for Senvion they now has installed two gigawatts of electricity capacity from 800 turbines in operation across the UK.
Using a Liebherr LTM 1500-8.1, 500 tonne all-terrain mobile crane, configured with a 42.4 metre main boom, a 35 metre luffing fly jib and 165 tonnes counterweight to carry out the lifts which was rigged up with a 100 tonne LTM 1100/2.
The project was expected to take two months but thanks to favourable weather windows and thorough planning the installation was completed in less than 10 days.
Erecting three turbines in less than a fortnight and completing the job well ahead of schedule, Ainscough Wind Energy Services Project Manager, Stephen Davis, said: “We always aim to complete projects for our customers in a timely fashion and with thorough planning that’s often possible. But, as with all of Ainscough Wind Energy Service’s work, we are somewhat at the mercy of the weather when carrying out lifts.
“Safety is always our primary concern and we won’t work in conditions that pose a risk to anyone involved. Fortunately we had some favourable weather windows which with the expertise and experience of the Ainscough operators involved meant that lifts were carried out safely and efficiently.
“This was our ninth project for Senvion in the last twelve months and we’re pleased to continue our longstanding relationship with the company. We’re delighted to help them achieve such an important milestone as they grow their operation in the UK.”
Senvion chief executive, Jürgen Geissinger said: “Reaching 2GW installed capacity and leading UK installation figures demonstrate how Senvion remains a key player in the UK wind market.
“The collaborative, customer-focused approach we adopt ensures Senvion products remain competitive and offer ideal solutions to optimise the range of wind conditions across the UK.”