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Wind farm equipment for NewWind Ltd. is being trucked from Bull Arm over two to three weeks with police escorts. Two large pieces - tower and nacelle - entered St. Lawrence recently, both a welcome sight for residents. The transportation of the equipment is a major undertaking, with some of the units weighing up to 77 tonnes each. The first delivery didn't go without incident. One of the flatbeds carrying a tower segment bowed enough to strike the pavement, delaying the truck for several hours. Trucking in all of NewfWind's equipment is expected to take three weeks. - Photo by Cynthia Farrell/The Southern Gazette

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  • George
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    Jeff, I grew up in that area. Wind farms should improve the look of the place. There are thousands of wind farms across the West and in the U.S. I think with all the wind you get on the Burin Peninsula, they should be reliable.

  • Greg
    July 02, 2010 - 13:29

    Get real people I suppose you would rather have the land dotted with hundreds of dirty oil derricks and pump jacks. It's time you people canceled your membership to the society for the preservation of the most scenic ghetto in all of canada.

    If you look at the wind atlas maps http://www.windatlas.ca/en/maps.php
    you will see that NL has the best source of wind energy in the entire continent. But like everything else we have no way of getting it to the markets that need it. Vive la canada?

    77 tons spread over 33 wheels and 8 axles. While it may look large it is just a hollow pipe. Not sure about the 30 ton load limit either but if that is the case it would be for the two worse times of the year in the spring and fall when the ground is impregnated with frost and water thus making the road bed fluid and more susceptible to damage hence the reason for load limits during those times of the year.
    As for wind energy being unpredictable that doesn't have to be the case if it is married with another storage or supply source.

  • Renewable
    July 02, 2010 - 13:28

    Apparently the drop off point was Marystown, but someone had parked an oilrig in the way. Poor scheduling by someone. Renewable energy is the way of the future and wind is a major part. NL should become more involved

  • Steve
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    Well who's bright idea was it to drop them off in Bull Arm in the first place? And plus some units are over 77 tonnes...isn't the legal weight limit for loaded truck around 30 tonnes? Goes to show that with a little money you can bend any law!

  • D
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    Jeff, appreciate your comments.But let's be real.Unreliable and unpredictable they are not . An eyesore maybe . I think the net energy produced will mitigate the eyesore factor completely.

  • Dot
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    Oh, come on people! I'm sure we are among the world's best neigh-sayers at times. Let's be open to new possibilities, new development, and ways to create a greener future. If it means finding a better solution in the future for the delivery of these units, then let's work on a solution. But in the meantime, please don't be so negative towards those businesses and communities who are trying hard to find ways to diversify their economy.

  • jeff
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    as someone who has seen a fair share of wind farms they are a complete eyesore on the surroundings.

    i'm surprised people are letting them be built in the province. just because you have the wind doesn't mean you should ruin your surroundings for a unreliable, unpredictable energy source.

  • MG
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    77 tonnes?? Scraping the pavement??
    Allowing these kind of loads on the road seems like an obvious reason why we have such a problem with rutting on the highways.
    It'd be interesting to know why this equipment was delivered to Bull Arm instead of a deep water port on the Burin Peninsula.

  • Harry
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    77 tons ? I hope NewWind is compensating for the highway damage we taxpayers have to fork out each year to repair deeply rutted roads.

    Who approved this and why ? No common sense. Irresponsible. The laws should apply to all people equally.

  • George
    July 01, 2010 - 20:23

    Jeff, I grew up in that area. Wind farms should improve the look of the place. There are thousands of wind farms across the West and in the U.S. I think with all the wind you get on the Burin Peninsula, they should be reliable.

  • Greg
    July 01, 2010 - 20:16

    Get real people I suppose you would rather have the land dotted with hundreds of dirty oil derricks and pump jacks. It's time you people canceled your membership to the society for the preservation of the most scenic ghetto in all of canada.

    If you look at the wind atlas maps http://www.windatlas.ca/en/maps.php
    you will see that NL has the best source of wind energy in the entire continent. But like everything else we have no way of getting it to the markets that need it. Vive la canada?

    77 tons spread over 33 wheels and 8 axles. While it may look large it is just a hollow pipe. Not sure about the 30 ton load limit either but if that is the case it would be for the two worse times of the year in the spring and fall when the ground is impregnated with frost and water thus making the road bed fluid and more susceptible to damage hence the reason for load limits during those times of the year.
    As for wind energy being unpredictable that doesn't have to be the case if it is married with another storage or supply source.

  • Renewable
    July 01, 2010 - 20:16

    Apparently the drop off point was Marystown, but someone had parked an oilrig in the way. Poor scheduling by someone. Renewable energy is the way of the future and wind is a major part. NL should become more involved

  • Steve
    July 01, 2010 - 20:14

    Well who's bright idea was it to drop them off in Bull Arm in the first place? And plus some units are over 77 tonnes...isn't the legal weight limit for loaded truck around 30 tonnes? Goes to show that with a little money you can bend any law!

  • D
    July 01, 2010 - 20:01

    Jeff, appreciate your comments.But let's be real.Unreliable and unpredictable they are not . An eyesore maybe . I think the net energy produced will mitigate the eyesore factor completely.

  • Dot
    July 01, 2010 - 19:58

    Oh, come on people! I'm sure we are among the world's best neigh-sayers at times. Let's be open to new possibilities, new development, and ways to create a greener future. If it means finding a better solution in the future for the delivery of these units, then let's work on a solution. But in the meantime, please don't be so negative towards those businesses and communities who are trying hard to find ways to diversify their economy.

  • jeff
    July 01, 2010 - 19:53

    as someone who has seen a fair share of wind farms they are a complete eyesore on the surroundings.

    i'm surprised people are letting them be built in the province. just because you have the wind doesn't mean you should ruin your surroundings for a unreliable, unpredictable energy source.

  • MG
    July 01, 2010 - 19:53

    77 tonnes?? Scraping the pavement??
    Allowing these kind of loads on the road seems like an obvious reason why we have such a problem with rutting on the highways.
    It'd be interesting to know why this equipment was delivered to Bull Arm instead of a deep water port on the Burin Peninsula.

  • Harry
    July 01, 2010 - 19:53

    77 tons ? I hope NewWind is compensating for the highway damage we taxpayers have to fork out each year to repair deeply rutted roads.

    Who approved this and why ? No common sense. Irresponsible. The laws should apply to all people equally.