Mega movers shift UK’s largest wind tower sections

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By Mark Davey and Hannah O’Hanlon

A juggernaut which would have had the Borrowers on their heels left CS Wind’s factory for Campbeltown this week.

Monday night’s shipment of the largest wind tower sections ever made in the UK, filmed on Tuesday by TV channel Mega Movers, was an exercise of outsize logistics.

Last Saturday, it required the import, of four sets of bogey trailers, capable of shifting the huge circular steel three part towers and a special haulage truck to drag the loads to Campbeltown’s quay where a ship was due to start loading on Wednesday.

The equipment was supplied by a Staffordshire based global firm Abnormal Load Engineering (ALE under contract to CS Wind.

The huge tower hides the Royal Hotel.
The huge tower hides the Royal Hotel.

Two 14 axle bogeys each with 28 wheels, capable of shifting 36 tons per axle, were hauled by a special truck, the Trojan 8870, one of six in the UK, with a 16 litre 700 horse power engine and eight wheel drive.

A spokesperson from CS Wind said: ‘There are nine Siemens tower sections –bound for Orsted’s Walney Project  in the Irish Sea – made up of three towers in three sections.

‘The timing, with movements between 8pm and 6am is to minimise any potential disruption to local businesses open till 10 pm – like the Co-op, County garage and 926 bus service.

The Trojan truck drags its load through Campbeltown.
The Trojan truck drags its load through Campbeltown.

‘Each section diameter is six metres and the sections weigh about 150 tonnes and each trailer length in total is around 50 metres.

‘Businesses and organisations supporting this week’s work are: ‘ALE, Police Scotland, Argyll and Bute council, BEAR, Hattons traffic management, DM Sea-fast,  Auchencorvie Sawmill, McFadyens, the Ardshiel and Royal hotels.’

The tower convoy turns the corner in Aqualibrium Avenue, Campbeltown.
The tower convoy turns the corner in Aqualibrium Avenue, Campbeltown.

The spokesperson added that some people said the Machrihanish factory would never be able to supply these towers and this week’s exports are proof it is possible.

CS Wind UK, which was bought by its South Korean parent company in 2016, currently has 100 Kintyre people working at the factory and has an order for a further 93 offshore towers to be delivered by end of 2019.

The Abnormal Load Engineering team from left: Johnny Knighton, Tom Banks, Richard Jordan, Roger Warrlow, Harry Wynn and Peter Stewart. 25_c02cswind01_ALE_team

The huge towers are moved down Hall Street dwarfing people, vans and hopuses. 25_c02cswind03_Offshore_towers_on_hall_street