Project Update - July 2020
As work continues on Phase 1 of the Inveraray to Crossaig overhead line (OHL) project, we are pleased to announce that the first towers have now been topped out. The team are making great progress with 23 towers fully erected so far, and are on track to construct a further 106 towers by the end of the first phase.
Following a pause in construction works in March to review Government guidance and update work methods and procedures in relation to COVID-19, our contractors began a phased return to work in mid-April. Measures were implemented to maintain social distancing on site such as catering, reorganisation of resource into ‘family units’, additional vehicles, perspex screens in vans, an onsite laundry facility and alternative arrangements for fuelling. Despite these challenges, our teams have still made great progress completing forestry work and the 100km of access tracks required to gain access to tower sites.
The topping out of the first towers near Inveraray is a huge milestone for the Inveraray – Crossaig project and we’re now looking forward to completing our access tracks by the end of the Summer and commencing wiring activity in the Autumn. Phase 1 of the Inveraray to Crossaig project remains on target to complete the new build overhead line and associated substation modifications between Inveraray and Port Ann by mid-2021.