The Jayhawk Wind energy project workers are currently constructing the wind turbines in Bourbon and Crawford counties, with a completion date expected in late 2021.
The following questions were answered by Patrick Chilton, Apex Public Engagement Manager, Apex Clean Energy, Inc., Charlottesville, VA
Where are the currently completed wind turbines located?
We have erected six turbines so far. Four are in the southwest corner of the project, in Crawford County, and two in the northwest corner, in Bourbon County.
What is the timeline of the project currently?
As previously expected, we are on track to complete the construction of Jayhawk Wind by December of 2021.
How many turbines will there be? What are their dimensions?
There will be 70 turbines built once construction is completed. That represents no change from the project design as permitted. These turbines are 584 feet from the base to the tip of the blade at its highest point.
How many employees are there?
There are more than 250 employees working on the various elements of construction for Jayhawk Wind.
What are the contractors’ names and where are they from?
IEA is the Balance of Plant (BOP) contractor for Jayhawk Wind, and they have many sub-contractors working with them. We don’t disclose those contractors for their proprietary reasons.
Hwy. 3 from Hwy. 39 to Hwy. 47 is in pretty bad shape because of all the tear-up laying new lines, when can the public see this remedied?
While the work being done on Highways 3 and 39 is in our project area, it is not because of our construction work. The maintenance work is being done by KDOT and is happening now because of recent funding from the state.
The following is from Priscilla Peterson, Kansas Department of Transportation Public Affairs Manager, Southeast District:
KDOT replaced the crossroad pipes under K-3, and have patched the areas afterward.
Crossroad pipes are drainage structures that carry water from one side of the road to the other side.
“We replace the deteriorating pipes as needed,” she said. “If a pipe collapses, the roadway can no longer carry traffic or drain properly.”