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VIDEO: “The scale of these things is amazing” Record shipment of wind turbines

PortandTerminal.com, July 29, 2020

Port of Vancouver USA receives longest wind blades to enter West Coast of North America

VANCOUVER, WA – “The scale of these things is amazing,” marvelled Randal Bernhardt, a longshore worker for Jones Stevedoring Co, as he reacted to a record shipment of wind turbines that arrived at the Port of Vancouver USA on July 22.

For perspective, each blade is almost as long as the entire wingspan of an Airbus A380, the largest commercial passenger jet in the world.

The wind turbine blades Bernhardt was reacting to measure about 250 feet long, nearly the height of the Statue of Liberty.

The blades and related parts were delivered by G2 Ocean’s general cargo vessel Star Kilimanjaro.

Workers unload wind blades bound for Canada from the MV Star Kilimanjaro at the Port of Vancouver on Monday morning
Workers unload wind blades bound for Canada from the MV Star Kilimanjaro at the Port of Vancouver from an earlier shipment received in May. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian)

The Chinese-made blades are bound for a wind farm in Saskatchewan, Canada.

In the coming months, they will be trucked to Canada, for a renewable-energy program from Toronto-based project owner Potentia Renewables.

Potentia’s project, called the Golden South Wind Energy Project, is a $325 million project on 34,000 acres of farmland near Regina, Saskatchewan.

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The project includes 50 wind turbines, which will generate 900,000 megawatt-hours of electricity and thus remove more than 500,000 tons of carbon from the power grid, according to a news release from the Port of Vancouver.

The project broke ground in 2019 and is expected to open in 2021, although has suffered COVID-19 related delays.

The wind turbine pieces started arriving by ship from China in May and most recently this new shipment that was received at the port this week. They were manufactured by Goldwind Americas. Four additional ships carrying turbines will arrive later this year. In total, the port will eventually handle 50 full turbines – comprising 750 large-scale components. 

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