LYNN – A wind turbine thought to be on a slow boat from India met with a delay at the factory and will arrive later than anticipated however work on the project moves forward.
“They had to make an adjustment at the factory … but the foundation work will begin next week,” said Water and Sewer treatment operations Director Robert Tina.
The foundation for the turbine that is to be placed at the wastewater plant on Commercial Street includes driving pilings 144 feet deep, “right down to the solid rock bed.” Tina said the will ensure the turbine will sit on solid ground making it unlikely to lean, which is what happened to the turbine in Charlestown.
A Massachusetts Water Resource Authority turbine located near the Schrafft Center in Charlestown tilted six inches in February, causing a little concern in Lynn. Tina said the Lynn turbine was of the same design, which is why they altered the depth of the pilings.
The pilings were manufactured in Worcester and Tina said they arrived just fine.
Tina said he has no updated schedule for the arrival of the turbine but he is unperturbed by the delay. He said the delay is not a big issue and once the turbine arrives he expects it will go up quickly.
“These things are slow in coming together but once you get all the pieces in place it will only take four or five days to put it up,” he said.
The windmill is expected to be up and operational by late September or early October.
Once the turbine is in place it will power the waste water treatment plant, Tina said.
“None of the energy will be exported off site,” he said.
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