Work to start on Lancashire turbines

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Work on the erection of turbines at a new wind farm in north Lancashire is set to begin early in the New Year.

For the last four months, energy firm Banks Renewables has been carrying out preparatory work on the site of the £11.7m Heysham South Wind Farm, which is located around 1km to the south east of the town.

The crane that will be used to put the scheme’s three turbines in place will arrive in the area by Friday, January 9, with the first components scheduled to come through the Port of Heysham shortly afterwards.

The crane and components will be brought from the port to the Heysham South site via the A589 and A683.

One turbine is expected to be delivered and erected per week, with commissioning and testing work to follow before the wind farm becomes fully operational in late spring.

Miles Crossley, senior business development manager at Banks Renewables, says: “Work on the Heysham South site has progressed well, despite challenging weather conditions at times, and we’re looking forward to getting into the construction stage of the project.”

Between ten and fifty people are being employed at any one time during the site preparation and construction phases of what is Banks’ sixth onshore wind farm.

A fund worth at least £250,000 will enable the firm to deliver a range of community improvements in the area.