A new concrete batching plant has been installed in Scotland to supply quality-controlled concrete to the construction of the 54-turbine Clyde wind farm extension project.
Contractor Jones Bros said that it had installed the “cutting edge” high capacity Simem MMX 5000 technology which, in conjunction with a second plant, would enable it to supply more than 100m3/h of high specification concrete.
Jones Bros said that in many of its wind farm projects, site-based concrete production was the only viable solution to the Clyde contract’s requirement of around 40,000m3 of concrete and provided valuable environmental benefits through significant road traffic reductions.
The contractor is delivering the balance of plant contract as part of a joint venture with Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering on behalf of SSE, one of the UK’s largest power generators.
The Clyde extension, which has now passed the halfway point in its construction, could contribute as much as £121M to the Scottish economy, said Jones Bros.
Jones Bros senior manager Graham Gibson said that the main plant was a single unit which housed the electrical switchgear, weighgear and twin shaft mixer.
“With a production capacity of 3.33m3 per cycle of compacted concrete, while able to guarantee 130m3/h through continuous mixing cycles, the plant is optimised for loading in excess of 80m3/h to truck mixers,” he explained.