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So to finish off, once all 3 bearings have been replaced, the hub is lifted back onto the back deck, the blades are all reattached in reverse order, like this.

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After all blades are attached the nose cone is put on, the HLB attached and the temporarily steps removed, the main lift commences.

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Check out the shadow, I like this shot.

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Blades attached and the guys have earned a rest, but not a long one, as soon as we jack down and the tides are right we will be moving onto the next turbine.

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I would like to thank Fugro Seacore for the hospitality they showed me onboard the Excalibur, a great bunch of hard working guys/Girls and best of all, the food was fantastic.

Some Facts.

The Arklow Bank Wind Park is the first offshore wind farm in Ireland and the world’s first commercial application of offshore wind turbines over 3 megawatts in size. It is located on the Arklow Bank, a shallow water sandbank in the Irish Sea, around 10 kilometers off the coast of Arklow with an area of 27 by 2.5 kilometres.

The project is being co-developed by Airtricity and GE Energy. In 2002, Airtricity obtained an offshore lease for a 520 MW offshore wind farm. The first phase of the project, commissioned in June 2004, consists of seven GE 3.6-megawatt generators. They were installed by the Danish offshore wind farms services provider A2SEA. Power cables were laid by Five Oceans Services. All of the turbines have a height of 73.5 metres (241 ft) and height to top of blade of 124 metres (407 ft). The blade length is 50.5 metres (166 ft) and each turbine has three blades. Each turbine weights 290 tonnes.

the heat is on   5 comments

Hope you all had a great weekend, I spent Saturday traveling with my wife, We jumped in the car and drove all the way to………… our local garden centre. Why you may ask? To buy plants? To look at water sculptors? No! We were there for the Weber BBQ roadshow. Now I’m a Kiwi and we live on BBQ’s and I think if you are going to get a BBQ get a Weber, just my personal choice. So anyway Weber turn up in this amazing Airstream all kitted out and ready to go, Just plug in the gas.

Dan their talented chef was very informative, friendly and clearly skilled.

We got there just as the free tasting started (pure fluke honest) First out was Cedar-Planked Cod with Coriander (Fish baked on a piece of wood) which was really nice. Then came Chorizo, chickpea and roast garlic stew, cooked in a Wok. Next up was a strange one, Beer can Chicken, You open a can of beer, take sip, place it in a specially designed stand and then place the chicken over the top of the can, great taste, at this stage I didn’t think it could get any better until the Butterfly leg of lamb with black cherry glaze appeared, that was to die for. After a short break pizza’s were made and I’m sure some desserts, but we had had enough. After checking out the large display of BBQ’s and accessory’s and parting with some ££££’s we squeezed our new BBQ into the car and headed home. All in all a great day out and worth a visit, check out the web site and see where they will be next time.

There is also a great app for your iPad.

The great thing about the Airstream was if you couldn’t see what was going on, look up at the celling.

Dan the Man

Kitted out nicely

Great setup

All photo’s from my iPhone, Enjoy.

Posted May 14, 2012 by rigmover in London

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