HIGHWAY DEVELOPMENT - VIKING ENERGY FARM, SHETLAND
In an ambitious infrastructure development in Shetland, Viking Energy, which is owned by SSE Renewables, has collaborated with RJ McLeod (Contractors) Limited to develop a new 1.4 mile highway. This infrastructure will support delivery of components to the Viking Wind Farm project, which will consist of 103 wind turbines set around the central Mainland of Shetland. It will also facilitate delivery of components to SSE Networks’ Shetland HVDC link project, which will connect Shetland to the wider national electricity grid for the first time.
Following the wind farm’s construction, the road is to be handed over to the Local Roads Authority (Shetland Islands Council) to provide a new, more efficient and safer, 2-way single carriageway road for public use.
During the design development stage of VikingWind Farm, it was identified that road upgrade works were required to facilitate component deliveries to the Kergord region of the site. Options were explored to upgrade the existing road (B9075), however following discussion with the Roads Authority, the preferred solution was an offline upgrade which eliminated disruption to the existing road.
Amount of material: 5500m3 of LECA® LWA (10-20mm)
Interesting Fact: This infrastructure will support and help to feed the Viking Wind Farm project which will consist of 103 wind turbines set around the central Mainland of Shetland.
Delivery Method: Walking Floor
Contractor: SSE plc