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CONTRACTS

CONTRACTS

Westpile has installed 96, 750mm diameter CFA piles for the foundations of six new wind turbine bases at the Caton Moor Wind Farm near Morcambe Bay, Lancashire.

Each base requires 16 piles bored into the siltstone to depths ranging between 7m and 24.5m with the subcontractor using a Soilmec R-825 rig.

The wind farm, owned and operated since 1994 by the independent British wind energy company Hainsford Energy, is being updated to provide more capacity from fewer turbines. Ten generators which have been producing an average of 7MkW hours a year are being replaced with eight new higher output units.

Westpile began working in early February and piling was completed on 22 March.

The scheme's engineer is Parsons Brinckerhoff while the principal contractor is Cumbrian Construction.

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