Here they come!! Wind turbines to travel on the road to St Francis Bay next week – dates and times.

The Kouga Wind Farm (KWT) is going to start moving its components for its wind farm near Oyster Bay along the R330 from Humansdorp to St Francis from Tuesday 4 February.

Transportation of a wind turbine . Photo: Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm

 

Motorists need to watch out for these schedules announced in the  press a few days ahead of the transportation  so they can plan their travelling along this road in advance. Trucks travel at speeds of 35 kms an hour to around 60 kms an hour – depending on the weight and  size of their loads.

The convoys  and movement of equipment will take place daily on business working days until July this year. Transport will be scheduled weekdays, during off-peak periods only.  There will be no transportation during public holidays and weekends.

Despite serious misgivings of disruption of traffic and damage to the roads by many members of the St Francis community, the developers, Red Cap, are going full steam ahead and have made statements to try to reassure everyone that the sheer numbers of heavy equipment on huge trucks, pantechnicons and trailers will have little impact on motorists travelling to and from St Francis Bay  for the next six months – on the only easily navigable escape route for St Francis residents.

The KWF transport delivery plan for next week (CW6):

  – 4 Feb (Tuesday) 10 sets of containers from Coega Port to Site during all day.  10 large trucks carrying a container each from Coega Port to Site arriving at Humansdorp from 8 am intermittently and travelling to site.  They plan to be on the KWF site by 3 pm, which means the road should be clear from 2 pm.

 –  5 Feb (Wednesday) 1 set of blades (3) from Coega Port to Site (to arrive in Humansdorp around 11am).  To be transported: 1 set of blades (3 trucks) from Coega Port to Site (to arrive in Humansdorp around 11 am. This will be one convoy, and on site by 12.30 pm. Large trucks and trailers. 

 –  6 Feb (Thursday) 1 set of blades (3) from Coega Port to Site (to arrive in Humansdorp around 11). 1 set of blades (3) from Coega Port to Site (to arrive in Humansdorp around 11am).  To be transported: 1 set of blades (3 trucks) from Coega Port to Site (to arrive in Humansdorp around 11 am. This will be one convoy, and on site by 12.30 pm. Large trucks and trailers.

 –  7 Feb (Friday) 1 set of blades (3 trucks) from Coega Port to Site (to arrive in Humansdorp around 11:00am).  1 set of blades (3 trucks) from Coega Port to Site (to arrive in Humansdorp around  trucks11am).  To be transported: 1 set of blades (3) from Coega Port to Site (to arrive in Humansdorp around 11 am. This will be one convoy, and on site by 12.30 pm. Large trucks and trailers.

 

Transportation of a wind turbine in Wales.

Transportation of a wind turbine in Wales.

 

In a statement, Chris Els, project manager for the KWT, pointed out the following to clear up what he terms ‘misconceptions’ by the community:

 “*  We are not going to block off the road at any stage (sic) of the transport period. 

*   The R330 is wide enough for oncoming vehicles to pass by any abnormal load.

*   People can travel to work or to PE as normal.  There is nothing to worry or be concerned about at this stage (sic).

*      The abnormal loads (Blades, tower sections, nacelles) will take approximately 25-30 minutes to travel from Humansdorp to the Oyster Bay District road turn-off.  Thereafter it will be another 30 minutes to get to site.

*       People travelling behind the convoy is once again commanded to remain patient behind it until the trucks have turned off to Oyster Bay.”

 To see maps of the route and more details about the transportation.. read the official Red cap release here…

KWF transport route

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