As part of the 16 MW Howpark wind farm project to be located in the Scottish Borders, the Port of Leith has received the delivery of eight onshore wind turbines.
Having traveled from the port of Esbjerg in Denmark, the turbines arrived into the port of Edinburgh aboard the 108 m ‘EEMS Dublin’ cargo ship, thanks to a collaborative effort with heavy lift specialists Collett Transport.
The 64 turbine parts, which included blades and tower sections were taken off the vessel by using the port’s multi crane lifting equipment and experienced quayside team. Said parts were then taken and transported by Collett’s specialist vehicles to the port’s onsite, which were made particularly for the renewables storage yard.
Kenny Williamson, Deputy Port Manager at The Port of Leith said: “It is great to see the Port of Leith busy with onshore renewables. Projects such as these demonstrate our flexibility and capability to handle renewables project work. Working with the team at Collett, this ensures that we are able to move the large parts safely from the quayside to our new renewables lay down area. It is an exciting time for the port as we focus our attention on creating our Renewables Hub1 for offshore projects too.”
The arrival of the onshore wind turbines follows the announcement made by The Port of Leith in May 2021. The ambitious proposals for the creation of one of Scotland’s largest and best located renewable energy sites is located on a 175 acre site at the Port of Leith – supporting Scotland’s economic recovery and energy transition plans and the achievement of the country’s net-zero carbon emissions targets. The £40 million private investment will see the creation of a one of a kind, riverside marine berth capable of accommodating one of the world’s largest offshore wind installation vessels.