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Fire crews from two stations are this evening battling a major blaze which swept through a wind farm, forestry and bogland in Co. Clare.
This is the second incident of its kind, raising concerns over the safety of the turbines developed in such close proximity to homes.
The massive structure, near the Begny Hill Road between Dromara and Ballynahinch, was photographed lying in pieces on the ground. The images also showed a large crane active on the site amid the wreckage.
They are used to generate electricity but this wind turbine at Ballynahinch, County Down, sparked interest from a sharp-eyed snapper after appearing to keel over.
He was on the ground and not operating any machinery when an area of bog shifted and trapped him. A second worker was also caught up in the incident. He was in a digger when the bogland started to move but was able to climb down and walk to safety.
While Firefighters did attend the scene, there was no action taken.
“This information came from concerned local residents but there appears to be no official acknowledgement by the owners of the development nor has the Council or the HSA been informed. This is the usual sequence of events with turbine accidents and we have had a few in the County in recent years.
A number of investigations are believed to be underway after a blade on a huge wind turbine near Drumkeen “disintegrated” at the weekend. ...It is believed the turbine in question was struck by lightning.
Lightning knocked out one of SSE's wind turbines at SSE's Richfield Wind Farm in Bridgetown during the run up to Christmas.
It is understood that the man had been working on the €145m Meenadreen wind farm extension project when the tragedy occurred.
All turbines at Screggagh Wind Farm Ltd near Fintona, Co Tyrone, were shut down after the turbine collapsed on January 2, scattering debris over a wide area. Winds were said to be light at the time.
Screggagh Windfarm confirmed yesterday that the fault was "concerning the wind turbine blade control system" of all those of a "similar generation". Campaigners had warned of "ticking time bombs" as dozens of 200ft wind turbines identical to the stricken model remained in operation across Ireland.
It was understood that at the time of the collapse the rotor blades spun out of control despite normal weather conditions with “medium” wind speeds measuring about 10 or 12 metres per second. Some witnesses described the crash as an explosion that could be heard up to seven miles away,
The HSA informed The Kerryman this week that it is engaged in 'ongoing' talks with the company behind the crippled turbine, but as of yet has not been able to definitively establish what caused the blade to come off the hub.
The Health and Safety Authority is investigating how a blade became unattached from its turbine and fell to the ground at a Co Kerry wind farm.
The wind farm is made up of 23 turbines built by Danish manufacturer Vestas and operated by Saorgus Energy. The V47 model of turbine stands at over 40 metres in height and has a rotary diameter of 47 metres.
One of the turbines at a windfarm in Northern Ireland collapsed - but the reason why is not yet known
The turbine was hit by multiple lightning strikes more than three years ago, but has continued to function. However, project operator Vattenfall said the blade replacement is now necessary in order to secure the long-term performance of the turbine.
Similar incidents, known as “blade throws”, can often occur during very high wind speeds. However, this incident occurred in relatively calm conditions but during one of the hottest spells so far this year.
One blade sheared off and landed 200m away, setting fire to forestry and another landed 50m away, setting fire to hill and gorse.’