Collett and Sons use specialist tech to deliver ‘abnormal’ load

Collett and Sons wind turbine

Collett and Sons has successfully delivered turbine blades to Kype Muir Wind Farm using specialist trailers, 3.D technology and in-depth route planning.

Utilising its Nooteboom triple extendable Super Wing Carriers, Collett has delivered 78 turbine blades for Kype Muir Wind Farm. It’s team undertook planning and delivery of 494 components including blades, towers, nacelles, drive trains and hubs.

The 52m blades required the use of Super Wing Carriers due to “problematic road restrictions and alignments en-route”.

Several areas of route modifications were identified ahead of the commencement of the project, this included bridge restrictions, with an emphasis on the Lambhill Road and Brown’s Bridge areas on approach to the site.  

The Super Wing trailers provided the ability to shorten the body and wheelbase of the trailer whilst loaded with the use of the bolster arrangement on the trailer deck. 

Proof of this flexibility was demonstrated prior to transport by Collett Consulting creating a 3D model of the loaded vehicle. 

This then allowed it to produce a detailed swept path analysis video of the blade components successfully negotiating restricted route sections by manipulating the trailer whilst loaded.

The challenge was to ensure that there would be no contact with any part of the blade or the trailer chassis with the road surface, bridge structures or buildings when navigating several sections of the route. 

Deliveries to the site, which lies three miles south of Strathaven, South Lanarkshire, are now completed and construction of the wind farm is well underway. 

Kype Muir Wind Farm is the flagship development of Banks Renewables and is expected to be fully operational in early 2019.


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