A turbine foundation ready for concrete at SSE’s Calliacher Wind Farm Construction is expected to take 3-4 years, starting in 2020 with associated road works and site preparation.
All major construction projects are closely regulated, but several special measures will be put in place to minimise short-term and long-term disruption from the Viking project.
A detailed construction timetable and a Construction Method Statement (CMS), incorporating best practice from the Scottish/UK wind industry, will be agreed with Shetland Islands Council planners.
Work that may be noisy will be restricted to 7am-7pm Monday to Friday and 7am-4pm on Saturdays, with no noisy work on Sundays.
A rotor at Calliacher is made ready for lifting in place The work programme will be made public and Viking will hold regular meetings of a liaison committee comprising contractors, planners, SEPA, community councils, the Shetland Windfarm Environmental Advisory Group (SWEAG) and local residents to assess progress and deal with issues that arise.
A smaller community liaison group is being established in 2020, centred around representatives of the four community councils with wind turbines proposed for their areas.
A separate Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) will be agreed and an independent Ecological Clerk of Works will be appointed to monitor the environmental mitigation measures that will be carried out.