Sep 29, 2017

Blow me down, that’s a long load!

Blow me down, that’s a long load!

The unloading and transporting of 57m long blades for Ratch Australia Corporation’s $380 million Mount Emerald Wind Farm is under way in Cairns.

The blades, weighing 16 tonnes each, arrived in port on September 26, following a shipment of tower sections.

They are part of an estimated 185,000 revenue tonnes of cargo to be delivered over the life of the project. 

Energy Minister Mark Bailey said the 180MW Mount Emerald Wind Farm was a huge investment in far north Queensland.

“Once constructed, these will be the biggest wind turbines ever seen in Queensland, over 30 storeys high,” Mr Bailey said.

“Having visited the port earlier this week, I was certainly struck by the sheer scale of the turbines stored at the cargo lay down area.”

The wind farm blades are being transported from the wharf to a project cargo laydown area in Tingira St, Portsmith.

Ports North chair Russell Beer said the 4ha site had been purpose-built by Ports North to accommodate the wind farm components in Cairns before being transported by road to the windfarm site on the Atherton Tablelands.

“Ports North has been actively working to increase project freight opportunities through the port and the shipping of the Mount Emerald Wind Farm project cargo confirms the capabilities of Cairns as a project shipping port,” Mr Beer said.

Ports North shared this vision of the blades in transit on its Facebook page:

You don't see this on the road every day in Cairns!

Posted by Ports North on Wednesday, 27 September 2017


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