Spring has arrived at Björkvattnet, the weather has been milder throughout April and the snow is beginning to recede. As breeding season is now underway, the local wildlife has been spotted at the wind farm with an abundance of grouse and capercaillie roaming throughout the site. The better weather, although positive in many aspects, also brings considerable risk when using the heavy machinery used to lift and install the turbines. The ground conditions are being closely monitored and inspected each week by the geotechnical engineering team to ensure that work continues safely.
As installation works near their end at Björkvattnet, this month has seen the installation teams demobilise from site and be redeployed onto other projects. One of the main cranes (used to erect the turbines) has left site and another is de-rigged and dismantled, ready to be taken away from site. This leaves only one main crane in place ready to carry out the installation of the final turbines.
This month saw a further four (4) turbines installed, six (6) turbines commissioned, and five (5) complete their reliability run. Operational completion was achieved for the Centre and South East sections.
To summarise the status, Main Installation is complete on thirty (30) turbines; commissioning works have been completed on twenty four (24) turbines by the end of the month; and eighteen (18) turbines have completed their reliability run, the 8-day performance test and final stage before the turbine is considered operational.
May will see a continuation of internal works, commissioning, test runs, and the final turbine erections. Also, operational completion of the South Centre and South West sections