Turbine deliveries require interstate co-ordination

More than 63 wind farm turbines were delivered by transport service provider Noske Logistics between Victoria and South Australia in 2010.

Over a period of approximately nine months Noske Logistics transported the Suzlon turbines for the North Brown Hill Wind Farm near Jamestown, South Australia.

The tower sections for this project were built by local tower manufacturers in Portland (Victoria) and Adelaide (SA). Other turbine components were sourced from overseas and imported through the Port of Portland (VIC) and Port of Adelaide (SA). According to Noske Logistics, this accumulated to more than 400 over-dimensional loads.

The Portland deliveries resulted in a border crossing between Victoria and South Australia. This required comprehensive project management from Noske Logistics to co-ordinate SA Police and Vicroads Escorts to meet on the border to ensure the delivery schedule was not affected.

Noske Logistics operations manager, Mark Noske said the project was challenging and rewarding.

“The majority of turbine components had to be trucked over a long distance of approximately 820 km from Portland to the wind farm jobsite,” Mr Noske said.

“It was important that the loads arrive on site at a certain day and time in order to meet the site’s schedule. This required a precise project planning and execution.

“We are proud of having delivered the project on time and with zero incidents, zero accidents and zero ‘lost time injuries’.”

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