Turbines in town

The start of a long six months as the first of the Boco Rock Wind Farm components are trucked through Bombala on Monday. Day one went without a hitch.

The start of a long six months as the first of the Boco Rock Wind Farm components are trucked through Bombala on Monday. Day one went without a hitch.

THE first components of the Boco Rock Wind Farm turbines made their way through Maybe Street, Bombala, on Monday.

And the oversized trucks and their massive loads will be a familiar sight on the main street for up to six months.

The trucks departed the Port of Eden at 7am and made their way through Bombala at approximately 10am.

More trucks passed through the town yesterday. 

The specialised trucks are currently transporting the lower section  of the turbines.

The large cylinders are approximately 29 metres in length and weigh more than 50 tonnes.

CWP Renewables Pty Ltd senior development officer Siobhan Isherwood said the first day was a success. 

“The first movement went exceptionally well, better than we could have imagined,” Ms Isherwood said. 

“We had a beautiful crisp morning and the schedule went according to plan; the drivers even had an opportunity to pull over at the truck stop in Bombala and have a bite to eat.” 

“We didn’t really know it was coming and then looked up and saw the escort trucks coming through,” Ms Gulliford said. 

“We all walked out of the shop and had a look at the big truck with the cylinder on the back make its way down the street.

“It went a little slow around the roundabout, which I thought it would struggle to get around but it went around it easy.

“All up it took around five minutes to get down the street.” 

At this stage CWP Renewables Pty Ltd are estimating that transportation of the turbines to take up to six months.

Ms Isherwood said they hope to move the 67 turbines within a shorter timeframe if everything goes according to plan. 

“At this stage we are anticipating six months but we are hoping we can get the movements completed sooner,” she said. 

“At the moment we are moving the lower half of the turbines which are actually easier to move.

“Next we will move the blades which require a truck with rear wheel steering. 

“These trucks are expected to take a little longer to made corner turns because the rear wheel steering will need to be engaged.

“However it only takes a few more minutes than the current truck movements,” she said. 

ON THE MOVE

• Turbine component delivery is expected to take place six days a week, Monday to Saturday. 

• Bombala’s Maybe Street is expected to be interrupted for approximately 10 minutes at 10am on these days with two to three trucks making their way to the Boco Rock Wind Farm at Nimmitabel. 

Nikki Gulliford from Hair on Main Street saw the first turbine transportation on Monday and said the oversized trucks made it down Maybe Street with great ease.

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