For Argyll has been catching up with the actuality of shipping in the last set of turbine blades for the Allt Dearg Community Windfarm to Campbeltown on Sunday morning (6th August) – in case the A83 was beset by further landslides.
As we have reported earlier, the decision to ship the blades in from Glasgow’s George V Dock to Campbeltown was taken to guarantee that the project would not suffer further delays,. A previous set of blades had been marooned in Greenock because of the closure of the A83 in an earlier landslide.
Out interest in the matter began with the fact that the cost of such rearrangements are a hidden part of the overall economic cost of A83 closures.
Catching up with Sunday’s import led to browsing the latest album in James Lithgow’s photographic record of the installation on top of the ridge above Ardrishaig.
Setting aside the pros and cons of wind energy – and we are increasingly concerned about the lack of strategic management of this industry and of the lack of honesty in its misleading description as ‘clean green energy’ – these wonderful photographs understand and celebrate the masculine energies of challenges like this.
This is part of the other side of the coin – the solutions, the gear, the skills, the precision, the risks, the achievement.
These photographs are aesthetically breathtaking while being informative and instructive.