Wind Farm Construction

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Crater Hill wind farm viewed from a helicopter; McMurdo Station on the left
Crater Hill win...
The frequency converter being towed across the Ross Sea Ice Shelf from the C-17 on Pegasus Airfield
The frequency c...
Wind Turbine foundation blocks (325 tonnes total) stored for the winter at the McMurdo Station Gap laydown area
Wind Turbine fo...
Laying the Crater Hill 4160V wind farm feeder cable to McMurdo Station
Laying the Crat...
4160V wind farm feeder cable (left) supported on existing USAP conduit system
4160V wind farm...
Meridian excavator laying 4160V wind farm feeder cable;
Meridian excava...
The frequency converter being placed into position next to the Scott Base Stage 2 powerhouse
The frequency c...
The labour-intensive job of laying wind farm feeder cable final section at McMurdo Station
The labour-inte...
Looking up from McMurdo Station towards the wind farm
Looking up from...
Blasting the T3 turbine site permafrost to create the foundation pit
Blasting the T3...
Assembling the WEC1 turbine blades onto the hub
Assembling the ...
Backfilling in 200mm layers and compacting around site T3 foundation blocks with screened material previously excavated
Backfilling in ...
A Summer southerly storm creates a challenge getting access to wind turbine components, McMurdo Station Gap laydown area
A Summer southe...
Unloading of WEC2 bottom tower section at Crater Hill for assembly
Unloading of WE...
Turbine WEC1 top tower section being lifted into position
Turbine WEC1 to...
Removing turbine WEC1 hub and blades lifting jig
Removing turbin...
Drilling the T2 site for blasting permafrost to excavate turbine foundation pit.
Drilling the T2...
Wind turbine site T3 foundation block installation is complete
Wind turbine si...
Erecting the first bottom tower section on WEC3 turbine
Erecting the fi...
Wind turbine 1 steel foundation being assembled at Crater Hill
Wind turbine 1 ...
 
 
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