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Pontypool area wind turbine getting replacement blade this November

Jon Clifford, operations manager for WPD Canada — the company that oversees the operations of the Sumac Ridge turbine project near Pontypool — says he suspects replacement of the wind turbine blade that failed last spring will happen the first week of November.

A turbine blade in the Sumac Ridge Wind project, located between Pontypool and Ballyduff, broke Saturday morning.

The Sumac Ridge wind turbine that lost a blade last spring should be back up and running in the next few weeks.

Jon Clifford, operations manager for WPD Canada — the company that oversees the operations of the Sumac Ridge turbine project near Pontypool — says he suspects replacement of the wind turbine blade that failed last spring will happen the first week of November.

Last April, the blade of one of the turbines broke apart. Pontypool area residents reported hearing a loud noise before 9 a.m. the morning of April 20 and arrived to find it bent with debris scattered about. The turbine is located in an isolated project field off of Wild Turkey Road.

The reason the blade broke is still unknown. Clifford says WPD Canada and Senvion — the German manufacturer of the turbine — will analyze the broken blade once they bring the rest of it down and put the new blade up. Senvion has been investigating, he says, but can’t finalize anything without the remainder of the blade.

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A turbine blade in the Sumac Ridge Wind project, located between Pontypool and Ballyduff, broke Saturday morning. 

The Sumac Ridge wind turbine that lost a blade last spring should be back up and running in the next few weeks.

Jon Clifford, operations manager for WPD Canada — the company that oversees the operations of the Sumac Ridge turbine project near Pontypool — says he suspects replacement of the wind turbine blade that failed last spring will happen the first week of November.

Last April, the blade of one of the turbines broke apart. Pontypool area residents reported hearing a loud noise before 9 a.m. the morning of April 20 and arrived to find it bent with debris scattered about. The turbine is located in an isolated project field off of Wild Turkey Road.

The reason the blade broke is still unknown. Clifford says WPD Canada and Senvion — the German manufacturer of the turbine — will analyze the broken blade once they bring the rest of it down and put the new blade up. Senvion has been investigating, he says, but can’t finalize anything without the remainder of the blade.

The replacement of the blade was left up in the air after news spread that Senvion had filed for insolvency just days before. Ward 8 Coun. Tracy Richardson, whose been keeping up with WPD Canada monthly for updates on the turbines, says WPD Canada had been waiting on Senvion to work through its “bankruptcy protection.”

A recent release by Reuters announced Siemens Gamesa, another European wind energy company, has agreed to buy select European assets from Senvion for 200 million euros ($223.04 million). The deal includes “a large part of Senvion’s European onshore services business, all its intellectual property as well as an onshore blade manufacturing facility in Vagos, Portugal.”

Clifford says negotiations for the company’s North American assets are ongoing. He expects a North American deal to follow the European deal.

"The company is headquartered in Europe and there is a general sense that they were going to take care of that first and then move onto their assets around the rest of the world including North America," he says. 


Source: https://www.mykawartha.com/...

OCT 26 2019
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