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First turbine pieces arrive in Fairhaven

FAIRHAVEN – Pieces of Fairhaven’s two planned wind turbines began arriving in town today, the first in a series of pre-dawn deliveries that will continue over the next few weeks.

The mid-section of the north tower arrived by truck at the Arsene Street site early this morning with another tower section expected to be delivered about the same time this morning, according to Executive Secretary Jeffrey Osuch.

Because the trucks are exceptionally long, they travel with escorts and, depending on the part, can be wider than a single traffic lane. Consequently, Osuch said, deliveries will be made at night, likely between midnight and 3 a.m., in order to comply with required permits and minimize potential traffic issues.

In his best estimate on the delivery schedule, Osuch said tower pieces will continue to arrive this week, with the blades expected next week, and the section housing the turbine technology to follow the week after that.

The two 1.5 megawatt wind turbines will be built near the town’s wastewater treatment plant and are expected to generate 7,227,000 kilowatt hours of energy per year.

In addition to the turbines, the oversized crane capable of lifting the heavy turbine parts, will also arrive in pieces and will need to be reconstructed before the towers can be installed.

The crane is being used to put together Scituate’s wind turbine, but once finished will make its way to Fairhaven via a series of tractor trailer trucks, Osuch said. The crane’s role in the Scituate project should be complete by the end of the week, he estimated.

“Then they’ll dismantle the crane … ship it here and put it back together.”

It takes about three days to take the crane apart and about a week to put it back together, according to Osuch. Add in delivery time, and he said, “It’s fair to say the crane erection won’t be completed until on or around the first of March.”

Osuch emphasized that his schedule estimates are best guesses and will be influenced by many factors, including weather conditions and the possibility of weekend work shifts as needed.

Now that turbine parts are on site, he said, security will be added to the construction site overnight.