Published: 01/05/2018 13:53 - Updated: 01/05/2018 13:57

Drivers warned of A96 delays due to windfarm

Bitter blow to council's wind turbine requestTHE owners of a major Moray wind farm are warning road users of traffic delays for up to 22 weeks along the A96. 

EDF Renewables, owners of the Dorenell Wind Farm south of Dufftown, have said that turbine components for the wind farm are due to start arriving on site from the beginning of next week. 

Both turbine blades and tower sections are being transported from the port at Inverness at approximately 9.30am each day. 

They will take up to 4.5 hours to reach their destination. 

All deliveries will travel along the A96 from Inverness to Huntly, then south on the A920 towards Dufftown and then onto the A941 towards the site in the Cabrach area. 

Deliveries are expected to continue daily, except for Sundays, for 22 weeks. 

EDF Renewables project director, John Penman, said: "Our main priority is to cause as little disruption to road users as possible. 

"We use a specialist haulage company with extensive experience in transporting very large loads like these turbine parts. We have already carried out a trial run which went smoothly." 

EDF Renewables will provide regular traffic updates by radio. 

They are also providing a text messaging information service. 

For more information or to register for updates contact Jenny MacPherson on 07900 917143. 

Those interested can also email with your name, mobile phone number and/or email address. 

The completed 177 megawatts Dorenell Wind Farm will consist of 59 turbines.

The project was originally granted planning permission in December 2011.

EDF Renewables then acquired the wind farm project from Infinergy in 2016.

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