UK first as helicopter flies in plastic electricity pylons to plug new Moray Firth wind-turbine generators into grid

Is it a bird? No.  Is it a plane? No. It is in fact a flying crane carrying the first of dozens of new ‘plastic’ electricity pylons for installation in Morayshire.

The helicopter (left) lifts the fibreglass reinforced polymer poles to crews who guide them into foundations.

Perth-based utility Scottish and Southern  Energy is using the helicopter to connect the Dorenell wind farm, near Dufftown, to a substation near Keith, where the cables carrying electricity from the £2.6 billion Moray Firth wind farm arrive onshore.

The plastic poles are taller than wooden poles and have a life expectancy of more than 80 years.

Here's some we made earlier ... plastic power pylons waiting for the next flight.
Here’s some we made earlier … plastic power pylons waiting for the next flight.

22 Feb 2018

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