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Universal Transport Company Profile Advertorial Unstoppable Various road construction sites on German motorways turned the delivery of six wind turbines into a real challenge for the Universal Transport Group. Even turning manoeuvres on the motorway were necessary. Photos (4): Universal Transport Universal Transport Michels GmbH & Co. KG Borchener Straße 334 33106 Paderborn Germany Phone: +49 5251 7102 0 Fax: +49 5251 7102 2246 info@universal-transport.com www.universal-transport.com Universal Transport Group recently provided transport services for a very special wind farm project in the Rhine-Main area. Six new hybrid wind turbines were installed near Landau in Rhineland Palatinate in August. For the experts at Universal Transport, this meant managing a total of 48 transports from four different manufacturing sites. Each wind turbine required eight transports. Why eight transports? The answer lies in the dimensions and weights of the individual components: Just the tower segments have a length of up to 25.60 m and weigh up to 53 tonnes. In addition, each system has a nacelle that is 9.75 x 4.24 x 3.85 m in size and weighs a strapping 85 tonnes. The three rotor blades are not as heavy, but at 60.06 x 3.62 x 2.77 m per blade, their dimensions are truly impressive. Numerous obstacles along the nearly 580 km long route needed to be overcome. The longest components for the project also had to cover the longest distance. One of the loading sites was located in the Bremen area. The trucks, however, could not head directly towards Hanover; they had to take a detour of nearly 150 km via Hamburg. This was due to numerous roadwork sites on the A27. The biggest obstacle that the team at Universal Transport had to overcome was located right before the finish line: Just a few kilometres from the wind farm, the motorway exit was currently closed due to roadworks. For this reason, the truck carrying the rotor blades had to leave the motorway one exit earlier. Because the exit at that point was too narrow, the transporter had to perform a turning manoeuvre on the motorway and transition from the motorway to the secondary road via the acceleration lane of the access ramp. Wind Edition 19


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