Wind farm construction is one of the most large-scale and heavy industries within the engineering sector in recent years and there are several reasons why wind turbine construction poses specific challenges.
Although some wind farm construction takes place close to the communities the generated energy is due to serve, this is not always the case, and because of this the following can sometimes apply to wind turbine construction:
- Located away from urban and populated areas (the ‘not in my backyard’ effect).
- Located in exposed and remote locations (to maximise energy generating potential).
- May be in tidal and coastal areas to benefit from prevailing winds.
- Site access may be difficult due to remote location away from urban infrastructure.
- Site terrain may be challenging due to need to build where energy potential is greatest.
Heavy duty timber mats can help by creating temporary roadways for better site access, crane platforms and outrigger pads to stabilise lifting vehicles, staging areas for construction materials and solid ground on tidal sands, marshes or wetlands.
Wind farm construction mats for sale and hire
The varied challenges of wind farm construction sites mean that this is one sector where our most heavy duty timber mats are often the best option.
Even our heaviest hardwood timber mats are designed to be easy to move around your job site as and when you need, with standard lifting points, while our emtek® heavy equipment mats use a special laminated construction to substantially reduce their thickness without reducing their strength.
However, if you don’t want to store a stack of heavy-duty construction mats between projects, then you might want to hire ground protection mats for wind turbine construction on an as-needed basis.
We have stock available of our heaviest, thickest hardwood timber mats to hire and to buy, so the final decision rests with you – and we work with certified sustainable timber merchants to make sure we can continue to supply new hardwood mats for many years still to come.
What size are the biggest timber bog mats?
Our hardwood timber bog mats come in two standard sizes. We have 1m x 5m timber mats which can be laid alongside one another to create larger platforms and long temporary roadways, and 1m x 3m wood mats suitable for use as outrigger pads, narrower temporary walkways and anywhere the larger size is not needed.
We also have emtek® heavy equipment mats, and these use a special laminated billet construction to enhance their strength without increasing their thickness, giving overall dimensions of 4.9m x 1.75m x 89 mm thick.
These thinner emtek® mats are a sensible choice where they are suitable for the strength required, as their thinner, more lightweight construction makes them easier to transport to remote locations, and can reduce overall transport costs by as much as 50%.
Meanwhile, our standard hardwood timber mats are available in a choice of European hardwood and tropical hardwood timbers including beech, oak, Dabema and Ekki, which again gives you a choice of strength profiles, with Ekki hardwood bog mats currently some of the strongest available anywhere in the world.
In addition to the two standard area sizes already mentioned, you can specify our standard timber mats in thicknesses ranging from 70 mm thick right up to 200-300 mm thick, which allows you to cater for different ground conditions or opt for our heaviest duty hardwood mats throughout the site.
Help with your wind farm construction project
The expert team at Timbermat have supplied ground protection mats for wind farm construction projects many times in the past and are able to help you to decide which are the best bog mats for wind turbine construction sites.
You might need heavy duty mats to create a working platform adjacent to the site of the wind turbine itself, or temporary roadways that can allow heavy plant to safely access the working site in remote locations.
With the help of Timbermat’s team of experts, we can help you to cater for any and all of the varied demands of wind farm construction.
To benefit from our recommendations, just fill in our online contact form or give our team a call on 08000 12 12 31 and we will be happy to help in any way we can.