Pipes, Punctures and Preparation – Snowdon hydro progressing

the 12m long pipes arrived this afternoon. 7 lorries in total including the ductile iron pipes for the lower section. Small lane and big load!

the 12m long pipes arrived this afternoon. 7 lorries in total including the ductile iron pipes for the lower section. Small lane and big load!

Spent this afternoon working from Hafod y Llan waiting for the latest lorry load of pipes. I was interested to see how tight the road actually was for an articulated lorry. When i saw it arrive I’d say it was ‘quite’ tight especially with a 4oft trailer. we have had 2 confident drivers and another one! The pipes are being stockpiled with the first 200m plus 100 dumpy bags of concrete mix and the coander screen being flown up on Wednesday. Will be interesting to see the 12m pipes flying up the mountain.

The preparation work on the mountain continues a pace. The tack is being dressed in sub-base which will double up as pipe ballast to wrap around the pipe and prevent damage from sharp stones. The drainage work around the track looks good especially the new head walls for the pipe under the track to prevent erosion. Dave has completed the ground prep for driving over the tree route section when the new turbine building work means we can’t use the existing track. Whilst I was up there the big dumper threw a tyre as it was turning but this comes under the heading of ‘one of those things’

Preperaion work - ground mating and gravel fill, stream diversions, ducting for the tele coms cables for the turbine building, temporary track up the mountain and the puncture!

Preparation work – ground mating and gravel fill, stream diversions, ducting for the tele coms cables for the turbine building, temporary track up the mountain and the puncture!

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2 Responses to Pipes, Punctures and Preparation – Snowdon hydro progressing

  1. adam salvin says:

    Nice to see the Tree Root Protection in place. What loading are you planning to take over the path?
    We’ve done some at Bodnant near our Champion Trees last year, seems to be working well so far.
    Did you ever manage to sort a webcam out to monitor progress on the project?

    • Keith Jones says:

      Full BS plan for the trees. Not sure of the axle weight but has been planned to death. Web cam being trialled next couple of weeks. We are getting a signal over 4miles, reflected round a corner and using 1w of power !

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