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Federal aviation authorities have acknowledged concerns by Warrnambool airport operators about possible safety risks from nearby wind farms. Warrnambool Airport Advisory Committee has been pushing for warning lights on wind turbine towers and their clear identification on aviation maps.
Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas says a worker was injured at the site of the 420MW Macarthur Wind Farm in Australia earlier today. "Our focus at this stage is to ensure that the injured worker receives swift and appropriate medical attention, which is already underway," says Vestas.
Wind farm operator REpower is investigating a lightning strike as a cause of the break, which threw large pieces of debris. The blades attached to the six 66m-high towers 3km from the Victorian coastal township of Wonthaggi can reach speeds of more than 200km/h at the tips.
A lightning strike damaged a wind turbine at the Wonthaggi wind farm yesterday. Local residents and workers at the desalination plant reported seeing a blade hanging from one of the farm's six turbines yesterday afternoon. The operator of the Wonthaggi wind farm has confirmed the turbine was struck by lightning.
Warrnambool Regional Airport Advisory Group has raised the alarm over a 50-metre high anemometer on property owned by Murray Goulburn Co-op. The site is only about five kilometres from the airport at Mailors Flat and is in the flight path of aircraft.
Rescue helicopter crew chief Dave Greenberg said co-workers performed CPR on the second man, but he was pronounced dead by a Wellington Free Ambulance paramedic at the scene. The injured man is understood to be 34 and from the Philippines.
A worker has escaped injury after a truck carrying a 49-metre long blade for a new wind farm crashed. The man was sat on a section of the truck's trailer known as the "dolly'' when the crash occurred about 9am on State Highway 23, between Hamilton and Raglan.
Local fire fighters could do little but watch the blaze from half a kilometre away as the situation was deemed too dangerous to approach ...WorkSafe officers ordered fire fighters a further 500 metres away as burning tips of the blades were flying off from the structure.
A wind energy lobby group fears the turbine troubles on Hobart's Marine Board building could damage the reputation of the growing industry. ...Hobart City Council alderman Peter Sexton yesterday called for a full investigation before any of the turbines were switched back on. "How can Workplace Standards have completed a proper investigation in 24 hours?"Ald Sexton said.
One of Verve Energy’s wind turbines at the Esperance Wind Farm was hit by lightning last Saturday week, shredding the blade and making the turbine inoperative. Technicians were at the site last Friday doing routine maintenance on other turbines and say that the damaged turbine has been made safe for the time being.
Federal MP Rowan Ramsey is hoping one company's moves to turn off the lights at a mid-north South Australian wind farm will prompt other companies to investigate the idea. Complaints by Hallett residents prompted AGL to look into the wind farm's lighting requirements.
Worries for the safety of wayward skydivers is just one of the concerns that has led Hobart to blow away a proposal to install wind-turbine power generators on a CBD rooftop. Perth rejected the rooftop turbines in August last year when it denied a similar application, mostly on the basis of visual impact. Concerns over visual impact and bird strikes marked Hobart's rejection of the turbines at a council meeting last night, but worries over skydivers was an added reason for knocking them back.
Opinion is divided as to whether wind farms near Crookwell airfield, north of Canberra, will pose a threat to aircraft. But people with concerns have been invited to make submissions to a NSW upper house inquiry.
Tooborac residents fear a proposed wind farm will make their fire-prone village even more unsafe after a turbine caught fire in South Australia. The turbine burnt scrub near Port Lincoln last month at the height of a prolonged heatwave. Tooborac, about 20km from Lancefield, has been earmarked for a 70-turbine wind farm for more than five years by Transfield Services.
As the owner of Gisborne's Farmers Air Limited, Mr Stevenson has been flying for 45 years and services over 25 farms in the Tararua District. His message was clear. "There are serious safety implications for aerial topdressers. I've seen far too many people killed by wires, poles and other obstructions - it's only a matter of time."
A wind farm turbine caught fire at the Cathedral Rocks Wind Farm in the early hours of Tuesday morning. ...The company said yesterday it expects the damage bill to be about $2 million, but it would determine an exact amount when it finishes its investigation.
A $6 million wind turbine has caught fire near Port Lincoln, starting blazes on the ground as embers fall. The fire, at the Cathedral Rocks Wind Farm about 30km southwest of the town, was first noticed by a boat about 1am.
Pilots flying in and out of Wellington may be forced to change course with the construction of a new windfarm. The construction of 62 turbines from Makara Beach to Cape Terawhiti, west of Wellington, is due to begin next month. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) magazine Vector said the wind farm would require airspace changes within Wellington's "control zone" but the changes would not appear on Visual Navigation Charts (VNC) until November when updated charts were printed.
A Meridian Energy witness was scrutinised for not considering Central Otago's harsh winter, which could shut down wind turbines in times of high demand. The Environment Court hearing into the $2 billion Project Hayes windfarm continued yesterday with wind energy consultant Graham White appearing for Meridian. He said in freezing humid condition wind turbines could ice up and no longer operate.
A 50-tonne crane ran off an access road and slipped down a bank on the Tararua Wind Farm yesterday, tipping on its side. The driver survived with moderate injuries. He was taken with a leg injury by ambulance to Palmerston North Hospital shortly after 10am. The damaged crane belongs to Verticon New Zealand, a maintenance subcontractor at the wind farm. Ashhurst Senior Constable Andy Nicholls said the accident could have been a lot worse as the crane could easily have gone over the bank and plunged towards the access road below.