Work is well underway at New England’s largest wind power project in Bingham, Maine. EPC contractor Reed & Reed is building the 56 turbine 185 mw project for Sun Edison and the scope includes sitework, collector system, 56 concrete foundations, project substation, 18 miles of 115 kva transmission line and erection of the 56 Vestas V-112 3.3 mw turbines on 94 meter (308 ft) towers.
Turbine deliveries began in fall 2015 and Reed & Reed began erecting turbines at that time. The project is divided into two areas, with 36 turbines located North of Route 16 and 20 turbines to the South. Reed & Reed has two top out crews working with its two Manitowoc M16000 cranes with special boom raising systems (BRS) to erect the taller towers.
Turbine deliveries were suspended for up to 8 weeks in the spring due to posted roads during mud season. With this in mind, Reed & Reed managed and in fact accelerated delivery of a large percentage of the project’s turbines during the winter months to allow erection to continue throughout ‘mud season’.
Reed & Reed and its team of highly skilled subcontractors is on schedule for a safe, early completion in fall, 2016.