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Bolt blow for wind farm

Work on a controversial £50m wind farm has been delayed after builders discovered they had the wrong size bolts.

The project had already been delayed when the first shipment of parts from Germany was hit by North Sea gales.

A set of blades was due to be fitted to one of the controversial Blackpool Tower-sized turbines at Scout Moor near Rochdale.

But construction was held up when workers found that some of the bolts sent to the site were not the right size.

They will have to wait until another container with the correct bolts arrives today to carry out the work as planned.

In total, there will be 26 turbines – each one 518ft – in a development which has provoked angry protests from residents.

Convoys of lorries carrying parts will be travelling through Edenfield on 76 days spread over the next four months.

The wind farm is being funded by Trafford Centre owners Peel Holdings, with the building work carried out by McNicholas Construction.

The turbines have a capacity of 65 megawatts and will provide enough electricity to power 30,000 homes.

A source on the project confirmed the latest delays but insisted work would not be severely disrupted.

The insider said: “It’s not a major problem and will not lead to much of a delay.

“Some of the bolts are the wrong size, but another package is due to arrive.

By Paul R. Taylor

Manchester Evening News

27 November 2007