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Bradwell on Sea - Simulation

Ten_turbines_2.jpg_2_(2)_thumb A Gale of protest is forming on the Dengie Marshes If you were in any doubt about the pros and cons of building ten wind turbines at Bradwell on Sea, perhaps the photograph below will help you decide. This is the impact just ten such turbines will have on the tranquillity of the area, there could be as many as thirty nine in the adjacent country side if construction is approved. The photograph, taken from St. Nicholas Church, Tillingham, depicts the view across the Bradwell marshes alongside St. Peter’s Way where the Wind Farm is to be sited. The turbines have been superimposed and are accurately portrayed in both scale and position. The machines will totally dominate the landscape for four or five miles around, will be visible up to twenty miles away and will seriously affect the ambience and spirituality of St. Peter’s on the Wall which is the oldest church of its type in the world. The scale and environmental impact of this industrial development in a rural and tranquil area will be enormous. The resulting electricity produced is minimal and expensive; the Carbon Dioxide emission savings are insignificant on a UK scale and too small to measure on a world scale. Maldon District Council advises that should you want to make representation about this proposal then quote Application No. FUL/MAL/06/00291 and write to The Chief Planning Officer, Council Offices, Princes Road, Maldon, CM9 5DL or email to
15 Apr 2006

Wind Turbine on Fire (2)

Fire.176391.full_thumb A 200ft wind turbine in Wearside which burst into flames on Christmas Eve last year. The 75ft fibreglass blades burnt off and fell to the ground leading police to close two roads close to the tower. Residents from miles around reported thick black smoke emanating from the turbine at the Nissan factory - Inset picture courtesy of Sunderland Echo
18 Jan 2006

Wind Turbine on Fire (1)

Getedimage.aspx_thumb A HUGE wind turbine went up in smoke in a massive blaze seen for miles across Wearside.The 200ft structure at the Nissan factory, part of a £2.3million wind farm built in August, burst into flames just after 12.30pm yesterday. The fire was so fierce all three 75-ft long fibreglass blades eventually dropped off and thick black smoke could be seen for miles around. Almost 200 people dialled 999 to alert emergency crews as flames engulfed the turbine. Police closed both the A1231 and the A19 for an hour-and-a-quarter amid worries that parts of the metal tower could fall on to the busy roads. The six turbines were bought second-hand at a cost of £1.1million, having been previously used on a wind farm in Germany. Graham Bagley, from Nissan, told the Echo in August it did not make financial sense to buy new ones and claimed the turbines were in "excellent condition". A spokesman for Nissan denied the turbines are unsafe. "It is the same design that has been used in wind farms all over the world and as far as we're aware nothing like this has happened before," he said. "If there had been any concerns about the turbines we would never have purchased them. "We're taking this very seriously and until we know what has caused this all six turbines will be shut down." He said engineers from Vestas, the company who manufactured the devices, had been working on the affected turbine since an oil leak was detected on Thursday. "It was the third turbine and is the nearest one to our test track," the spokesman said. "Engineers were repairing it yesterday morning and they had restarted it when the fire started. As far as we are aware it was oil that caught fire and the blades then burnt through. They are made of fibreglass and they burnt right down to the metal shaft before falling off. Nobody was hurt. We have now shut down all the other turbines and engineers are carrying out checks on all of them. We apologise for any inconvenience that may have been caused by this." Both the main roads were reopened at 2pm. A spokeswoman from Tyne and Wear Fire Service said: "We had seven fire engines in attendance and because of the risk of the structure falling onto the A19 police closed the road and the A1231. "The majority of the structure eventually fell away from the road."
24 Dec 2005

Damaged Turbine Crystal Rig wind farm near Dunbar (1)

Damage_crystal_rig_thumb Britain The Times April 16, 2005 Wind farm fears as blade snaps By Katrina Tweedie A TURBINE at a Scottish wind farm has broken down after one of its blades snapped off. The 10-tonne turbine, one of 31 at the £80 million Crystal Rig wind farm near Dunbar, East Lothian, was destroyed last week when a mechanism to stop it spinning too fast failed. Onlookers reported strong winds and said one of the turbine blades flew off and hurtled into the countryside. The 60ft high steel turbines are designed to withstand wind speeds of up to 60 miles per hour and owners, Fred Olsen Renewables, denied the breakdown was wind related. A spokesman said they were investigating the cause and that there had been little risk to people at the remote wind farm. The turbines from German firm Nordex were installed in August 2004. It will cost an estimated £1.25 million to repair. Anti-wind farm campaigners said the incident confirmed their fears about the danger of blades flying off wind turbines. David Bruce, of the pressure group Scottish Wind Assessment Project, said: “There were high winds so the turbines were ‘feathered’, or locked so they couldn’t spin round. It was lucky nobody was walking below. This is only about the second incidence of this in the UK but it shows this is possible.”
1 Apr 2005
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