Wind farm hits the road

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A cargo of giant wind generator blades and other components ready to be unloaded at Geraldton and trucked by road to a wind farm in the northern Goldfields.
Camera IconA cargo of giant wind generator blades and other components ready to be unloaded at Geraldton and trucked by road to a wind farm in the northern Goldfields. Credit: Mid West Ports Authority

Early morning drivers on the John Wilcock Link and Geraldton-Mount Magnet road can expect some delays on Monday as massive wind generator blades leave Geraldton Port, bound for Agnew in the northern Goldfields.

They will be the first two of 15 blades which are components of five wind generators shipped from China in kit form.

A short time ago Mid West Ports Authority chief executive Rochelle Macdonald said all of the blades had now been unloaded from the ship.

“They then have about 130 component pieces to get off,” she said.

“These are much smaller and easier to manage than the blades.

“This will take all of the weekend and probably some of Monday to complete.”

She said the first two blades were due to leave Geraldton at 5am on Monday, with early morning road despatches to avoid disrupting traffic.

The components are expected to take two weeks to all arrive at the wind farm near Leinster, about 650km east of Geraldton.

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