Ainscough Wind Energy Services has completed the installation of a Nordex N100 2.5 Megawatt wind turbine for Welsh Water at the company’s water treatment site in Newport.
Operators from Ainscough’s Heavy Cranes Division initially helped to lift the turbine from a barge on the River Usk before transporting it to the treatment facility.
The N100 measures 127-metres and is one of Nordex’s largest turbines, configured specifically for moderate and low wind conditions.
A Liebherr LTM 1500-8.1, a 500 tonne all-terrain mobile crane and a Liebherr LTM1250-6.1, a 250 tonne crane from Ainscough’s fleet were used to complete the lifts.
Ainscough Wind Energy Services erected the Nordex N100 hardware wind turbine on schedule. The wind turbine is now expected to be operational by the end of March.
Working alongside four crane drivers and a lift supervisor, site manager Sean Furnival said: “Despite being straight forward on paper, this wind turbine lift took hours of planning and preparation, as site conditions had to be brought into consideration.
“Monitoring the weather and co-operating with the customer, the lift was completed to a high-standard and it is testament to Ainscough’s skilled operators that the lifts were carried out in a safe and efficient manner.”