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Planning documents filed in Northern Ireland reveal that remedial work needs to be carried out at an SSE wind farm in Tyrone to improve safety and stop further deterioration.
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.
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.
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.
An 80-metre wind turbine has collapsed on a mountainside near Fintona in County Tyrone. It was one of eight 2.5 megawatt turbines on the Screggagh wind farm on Murley mountain. The turbine, valued at over £500,000, collapsed on Friday evening, scattering debris over a wide area hundreds of meters away.
Wrecked: A Nordex N80 2500kw wind turbine lies in a mangled heap after it was blown over at the Screggah windfarm in Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland. The wind facility consists of eight 2.5 MW turbines and was placed into service in March, 2011. For more pictures visit this site. Prior to the collapse, thunder-like noise coming from the turbine could be heard 7 miles away across the valley. Turbine debris was scattered hundreds of meters away from the turbine's foundation according to a BBC video news report.
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.
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.
"Fire crews were on the scene for six hours before the incident was handed over to the operator of the turbine." It is believed the fire was caused by an electrical fault.
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.