September 28, 2016 | Community News
Construction work on a new wind farm on Teesside is set to move into a new phase with the arrival of the first turbine components on site.
Regional employer Banks Renewables, part of The Banks Group, began work on the Lambs Hill wind farm site back in March and has since been carrying out a range of site preparation, construction and infrastructure development activities.
Components for each of the wind farm’s four turbines will begin to arrive at the site, which sits to the north west of Stockton, from Thursday 29 September, with erection work on the first turbine scheduled to begin on Tuesday 4 October, subject to suitable weather conditions.
The components will be shipped into the area through Teesport, and will travel along the A19, A689 and A177 before being taken through Stillington to the Lambs Hill site.
Deliveries are being organised to have the least possible impact on local traffic flow, and are scheduled to continue until mid-October.
Contracts worth well over £1m have been awarded to North East sub-contractors as part of the creation of the Lambs Hill Wind Farm, which will have an installed capacity of up to 10MW, and which is on schedule to begin producing clean, green energy before the end of the year.
The Lambs Hill community benefits fund, which will be worth £10,000 every year throughout the scheme’s 25-year lifespan, will become active once the wind farm begins to generate electricity for the National Grid.
A committee comprising local people and members of the Banks Renewables project team has been set up to review and agree the local organisations and good causes that will receive funding from the fund.
Lewis Stokes, community relations manager at The Banks Group, says: “Work on the Lambs Hill site has progressed well over the summer, and we’re excited to reach the point where the turbines will begin to rise.
“Our delivery schedule is being timed to minimise any local traffic disruption, and we are working closely with the local authorities, the police, the Lambs Hill community liaison committee and people living in the immediate vicinity to both ensure this objective is realised and that everyone is kept up to date on when deliveries are scheduled to take place.
“Modern, efficient onshore wind farms such as Lambs Hill are acknowledged as providing the lowest cost form of carbon-free renewable energy generation for the UK, and we firmly believe they have a central role to play in the UK’s future energy mix, as well as in generating more of the energy that we all use via renewable means.
“The Lambs Hill wind farm has already brought a range of tangible economic, employment and supply chain benefits to the local area, and we are getting ever closer to being able to generate clean green energy from it.”
For further information on the Lambs Hill Wind Farm, contact the project team via firstname.lastname@example.org