Enormous wind turbines on the moors above Edenfield started to take shape as the light began to fade on Wednesday as the first blade was put into position.
The 40m blade, weighing around nine tonnes, was fixed onto the tower section by a team of construction workers, who seemed minute alongside the colossal structure.
Workers were expected to work into the night to complete the first of the 26 turbines on the moors between Rossendale and Rochdale.
In recent weeks, construction of the giant windmills, each measuring 100m – two-thirds the height of Blackpool Tower – has been delayed.
Initially shipments were detained due to strong gales in the North Sea and since arriving in the UK, strong winds and fog have hampered progress at the site.
However, McNicholas Construction workers are now taking advantage of the favourable conditions.
A spokesman said: “Now the weather has come back on our side, we have made some good progress.
“We will have completed turbine 21 by the end of today (Wednesday) and we will be moving the crane overnight ready to start erecting turbine 25 tomorrow.
“Hopefully, if the weather stays as it is, we will have four complete turbines by Christmas, which is just one behind schedule.
“I’m happy with the progress, considering we were almost three weeks behind schedule. We are making up for lost time.”
The parts for the controversial windfarm are being shipped from German manufacturer Nordex to Hull.
From here, they are travelling through the narrow village of Edenfield and up to the site through Turn Village.
Once completed and rotating at maximum capacity, the £50m windfarm will pump enough electricity into the national grid to power a town of around 40,000, slightly bigger than Heywood.
By Lisa Kenyon
12 December 2007
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