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The Glenties Windfarm Information Group is calling on the County Council to investigate after part of a Wind Turbine blade was blown off a turbine at Corkermore.
It is understood that the stem of a wind turbine collapsed on to a digger as it was being moved yesterday. The accident took place at a site used by Siemens at Belfast harbour where wind farms are being manufactured.
The 64-metre long turbine was being taken to a controversial wind farm at Loughderryduff to replace one which snapped and fell there in March. The collapse of the turbine six months ago is still being investigated by the company which owns the site.
A technical examination is being carried out to try to establish how a large wind turbine near Maas, close to the Ardara area of Co Donegal, came crashing down on Thursday. While winds were heavy at the time it was nonetheless understood that these turbines were engineered to withstand such conditions.
In a statement to Donegal Daily, Vestas confirmed the turbine near Maas – between Ardara and Glenties – collapsed at 5pm last Friday in what it called ‘very high winds’.
The 64m-high turbine 'snapped' and fell over at a wind farm in the remote townland of Maas, between the Co Donegal villages of Glenties and Ardara. It came during a weekend of freak late-March weather, which saw thousands of homes in the North plunged into darkness as high winds and snow hit east Ulster and north Leinster.
One of nine Vestas V52-850KW turbines collapsed in high winds at the Loughderryduff project in Ireland. The project has been operational since 2010.
Airport manager Peter Moore had warned the mast posed a danger to planes and that pilot error could result in a plane crashing ...the mast was in a critical area of approach to the airport and that flights by a specialised aircraft used to calibrate the airport's guidance systems had to be called off on a number of occasions because of the mast.
"It was very difficult to tackle because of the location, because the substation is based on the side of a mountain and it was very windy, giving rise to letting the fire accelerate faster than normal, and also the amount of electricity involved."
Owners of a French-made wind turbine have been advised to lower their machines and keep people away from them. The warning from the Northern Ireland Health and Safety Executive came after blade parts started falling off the Scirocco 6kW model, mainly used in domestic properties.