By Paul Morden, Sarnia Observer
There’s something new on the horizon east of Forest. Wind turbines, 92 of them, are rising over the corn and soybean fields, and over the woodlots and farmhouses, as NextEra speeds through construction of its Jericho Wind Energy project. Construction began in the spring and 52 of the 92 turbines were up, as of this week, putting the project ahead of schedule. The project is to be wrapped up later this year.
“It’s nice to say that,” said project manager Jeff Damen. “We’re striving to get construction done before the fall hits.” Conditions can get windy then, and that’s not good for a project that relies heavily on the work being done by four large cranes, and approximately 20 smaller ones.
The more than $400-million project is creating some 200 construction jobs, and is currently at the peak of activity at the turbine sites, as well as a large temporary construction yard along Thomson Line in Lambton Shores. Crews have been working steadily, building roads, digging foundations, pouring concrete, erecting towers, raising blades and other components into place, and erecting 117 transmission poles to carry the electricity 17 km to where it will connect to the grid. Each base has 350 cubic metres of concrete, reinforced by 40 tonnes of steel, to anchor a tower that comes in three sections to be topped with the cell holding the generator, a nose cone and three blades. Read article