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Transportation and Installation Contractors and Investors are racing to get benefits from FIT price

 - Recently, wind power projects in Quang Tri province were pushed up a schedule in difficult conditions on the Covid-19 pandemic, racing to preferential FIT prices. Currently, in Quang Tri province, there are 17 wind power projects with a total capacity of 1,242.4 MW, total investment capital of more than VND 43,442 billion, supplemented to the planning and approved by the Provincial People's Committee.
Transportation and Installation Contractors and Investors are racing to get benefits from FIT price

Wind blade turbines docked by specialized vessel.

As we all know, the transportation and installation of wind power equipment must go through many stages and must be carefully calculated to ensure the transportation is safe and on schedule.

According to the engineers, before starting transportation, a road survey shall be carefully carried out following the implementation steps. Specifically:

1/ Prepare plan for road survey.

2/ Prepare Plan for clearing obstacles, widening corners, adjust and straightening road, adjust road alignment to avoid steep slopes.

3/ Prepare calculation sheet and audit bridges on route (to have reinforcement measures for weak bridges).

4/ Explain the transportation plan to the Directorate for Roads.

5/ Carry out a trial run of the longest, tallest, widest blades on the route.

6/ Clear, adjust the obstacles on road to ensure smooth transportation.

7/ Report and level authorities verify the adjustment and clearance of obstacles.

8/ Apply for an oversize, overweight transport permit.

9/ Carry out transportation with an escort by police.

Transportation and Installation Contractors and Investors are racing to get benefits from FIT price
Wind turbine blades are transported by barge.

The survey process of transportation support options requires a lot of support from competent authorities. Since these are all over-size and over-weight devices, blades are from 68m to 86m long, weighing from 20 to 25 tons; each wind power tower is from 105m - 135m high, weighs 50 - 90 tons and is divided into sections, each section is from 13m to 35m long; the height of packages is from 5.6 to 6.1 m (including trailers) when transporting by road.

Therefore, the means of transporting must also be kind of specialization such as: 62m long special semi-trailer, blade adapter worth millions of USD imported by Vietranstimex to overcome passes on National Highway 9 and Ho Chi Minh Road to construction sites located in districts in the province. Because of new specialized equipment, it takes a lot of time to apply for a transportation permit from surveying, preparing survey reports, calculating actual tests on the route.

The ship's release started from February 2021 with about 150 packages were released in around 5-7 days. All tower segments and blades were transported to temporary storage yards that are satellite storage yards near the port, waiting for customs clearance before transporting.

Similar to the transportation process, the installation of wind turbine components at the construction site also comprises many stages. In which, the installation unit needs to carefully survey the route and construction site before implementing the project, following the following steps:

1/ Prepare the survey plan of the route to the construction site.

2/ Survey the construction site, then calculating proper equipment to be used (primary boom, secondary boom and auxiliary devices), calculating project efficiency and progress.

3/ Prepare construction plan for investor and supervision consultant approval before commencement.

Transportation and Installation Contractors and Investors are racing to get benefits from FIT price
Road transport of wind turbine blades in Quang Tri province.

Because of the large sizes of the wind turbines component, from 50 tons - 90 tons and from 105 m to 135 m high, the crane used for installation works must be also very large lifting capacity kind, from 800 tons or more and boom height from 120 m to 160 m.

Accordingly, the safety requirements for using these cranes are very strict. The necessary conditions to ensure minimum safety shall be included on construction site area; earth compaction; weather conditions (wind strength from 8m/s - 10m/s and without rain); lifting capacity of the main and auxiliary crane.

Transportation and Installation Contractors and Investors are racing to get benefits from FIT price
Installing turbine blades on a tower by crane 8500 tons.

The wind turbines installation is divided into two parts: the mechanical part and the electrical part. With favorable weather conditions and all materials and equipment are gathered at the construction site, depending on the type of turbine and the manufacturer's installation process, the progress for installation and completion of the mechanical part is from 4 - 7 days and the electrical part is from 3 - 5 days.

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