Articles filed under Safety from Europe

The Dangers of Wind Power

After the industry's recent boom years, wind power providers and experts are now concerned. The facilities may not be as reliable and durable as producers claim. Indeed, with thousands of mishaps, breakdowns and accidents having been reported in recent years, the difficulties seem to be mounting. Gearboxes hiding inside the casings perched on top of the towering masts have short shelf lives, often crapping out before even five years is up. In some cases, fractures form along the rotors, or even in the foundation, after only limited operation. Short circuits or overheated propellers have been known to cause fires. All this despite manufacturers' promises that the turbines would last at least 20 years.
24 Aug 2007

Windfarm shut down pledge over radar fears

Proposed wind turbines at Gathercauld, near Ceres, would be shut down if they affected the radar at RAF Leuchars, the company behind the project said this week. EnergieKontor has written to Fife Council saying it was willing for a planning condition to that effect to be part of its five-turbine windfarm project. The letter from EnergieKontor general manager Judith Cornfield was in response to Ministry of Defence concerns the turbines would cause "unmanageable interference" to the air traffic control radar at the airbase.
10 Aug 2007

Wind farm may disrupt radar at RAF base, warns MoD

AIRCRAFT could be put at risk by a proposed new wind farm in the east of Scotland, the Ministry of Defence warned yesterday. The 85-metre turbines, due to be built at Gathercauld, near Ceres in north-east Fife, could cause severe interference to radar signals at RAF Leuchars, it said. The original plans, lodged in 2006, called for 13 wind turbines to be built on the site. A fresh application was submitted in May for a scaled-down wind farm, with five turbines.
7 Aug 2007

Still wild at heart

Campaigners against the proposed Greenock windfarm say they are hugely relieved it has been stopped. The Scottish Executive announced on Friday they were refusing Airtricity's £40 million plan to erect 22 turbines at Corlic Hill behind Strone.
6 Aug 2007

£55m wind farm plan is rejected

A proposed £55 million wind farm has been scrapped amid concerns it would impact on Glasgow Airport’s radar system. Airtricity’s plan to build near Greenock was rejected by the Scottish Executive. Officials with the firm said they were “very disappointed” by the decision.
4 Aug 2007

‘A victory for democracy’

Plans for a controversial wind farm behind Greenock have been blown away. And protesters hailed the knock-back as victory for local people. The Scottish Executive has rejected Airtricity's £40 million proposal to erect 22 turbines at Corlic Hill behind Strone. Protest group Keep Corlic Wild waged a four-year battle against the 55-megawatt project ..................
4 Aug 2007

New fears over wind turbines

VILLAGERS say they have "grave" concerns over the transport of wind turbines through their neighbourhood. Residents of Edenfield are worried that their streets will be unable to cope when the 26 wind turbines destined for Scout Moor on the Rochdale border are moved through the village. The wind turbines will be taken through Market Street, the village's main road which is lined with houses and is often double parked, and then along Rochdale Road to the site by wind farm owners, Peel Wind Power. However residents are calling for the exact information on when the movements are to begin and who will foot the bill should a misshap occur.
2 Aug 2007

Coldingham turbines may create air safety threat

Coldingham STAG (Stop the Turbines Action Group) says building a wind farm on Coldingham Moor could put lives at risk due to the threat to aviation safety. It is calling on Scottish Borders Council to reject a planning application by PM Renewables to build 22 wind turbines due to the possible radar interference and also the risk to low flying planes.
25 Jul 2007

Fresh bid to erect windfarm on hilltop

A windfarm rejected following fears it could throw aircraft off course is back on the agenda. Plans for the four 256ft turbines on agricultural land at Clochnahill, four miles south of Stonehaven, were thrown out by Kincardine and Mearns area committee in March. Proposals were rejected amid safety concerns that turbines could interfere with aircraft heading for Aberdeen Airport. But the applicant, Clochnahil-based farmer Hugh Gordon, is to challenge the decision and the case will now pass to a Scottish Executive hearing.
10 Jul 2007

Wind farm ‘a threat to our airport’

Southend Airport has raised serious objections to plans to build a new wind farm - even though the turbines would be nearly 15 miles to the north. Aviation experts say a wind farm next to the defunct nuclear power station, at Bradwell, could raise air traffic control issues and might even interfere with radar. Airport managing director Alistair Welch raised the concerns at a public inquiry which is being held in Maldon.
22 Jun 2007

Scale of Gathercauld windfarm is reduced

The proposed Gathercauld windfarm has been reduced in size from 13 turbines to five. Developer EnergieKontor made the announcement at its exhibition about the project at Craigrothie Hall last Thursday. Project manager Mick McLoughlin said the change came after consultation about the impact on the area's landscape, heritage and possible effects on radar at R.A.F. Leuchars.
1 Jun 2007

Man dies after 100ft turbine fall

A 19-year-old construction worker has been killed after falling 100ft down the shaft of a windfarm turbine. The worker, thought to be Brazilian, was inside the turbine which was under construction at the Earlsburn windfarm in Touch Hills, near Stirling. The accident happened at about 1730 BST on Tuesday.
23 May 2007

Where have those turbines gone?

A spokesman for Tesco said: "The turbines have been removed from the Diss store. Another customer with the same model of turbine, not Tesco, has reported a problem with one of the turbines. "I don't know what the problem was, but as a precaution we've removed all the turbines for health and safety reasons. We'll keep them down until they've found out the cause of the fault." She could not say when the turbines were removed, or when they are expected to be returned.
26 Apr 2007

Fears for air defence radar over plans for wind farms

Defence officials are objecting to a cluster of controversial wind farm applications on an isolated stretch of the Holderness coast amid concerns they could interfere with vital radar systems. A scheme to build seven giant turbines at Monkwith, an 11-turbine scheme a short distance away at Roos, and new proposals for nine turbines at Withernwick fall "in line of sight" to the air defence radar at Staxton Wold. However there are no objections to a smaller three-turbine scheme at Tedder Hill, the third application in the parish of Roos.
19 Apr 2007

Email evidence of aircraft fears

Campaigners against a proposed £40 million wind farm behind Greenock believe they have uncovered ‘damning evidence' about the way the issue is being handled by the Scottish Executive. They used the Freedom of Information Act to get an email showing the British Airports Authority (BAA) had no intention of withdrawing its objection to the Corlic Hill wind farm. BAA is worried the giant turbines would interfere with Glasgow Airport's radar and affect aircraft safety.
16 Apr 2007

Plans for Wind Farm Thrown Out

Plans for a small-scale windfarm on the outskirts of Stonehaven were yesterday thrown out by councillors due to air safety concerns. Councillors from the Kincardine and Mearns area committee agreed in principle with the proposal to build four 256ft wind turbines on agricultural land at Clochnahill, four miles south of Stonehaven, but agreed that public safety was paramount.
21 Mar 2007

Wind farm inquiry halted

A public inquiry in to the future of a controversial wind farm has been dramatically halted. The move follows claims by Prestwick Airport that developer AMEC was warned more than four years ago that their massive wind turbines could compromise air safety in the skies above Ayrshire. Airport chiefs allege that the power company made no attempt to find a solution and ploughed on with their planning application to East Ayrshire Council regardless. Last minute attempts by AMEC to retrieve the situation, including the offer of a new radar system, were knocked back by airport bosses, who insist that it will not solve the problem. The inquiry into the plan to build 85 huge 400ft turbines in the Kyle Forest at Dalmellington has been adjourned until June to allow further time for AMEC to convince the airport that they can build turbines without compromising safety. A spokesman for Prestwick Airport told the inquiry: "It is about the most unsafe place for a wind farm that it would be possible to conceive." The spokesman added: "AMEC's persistence regardless has involved us and the general public in huge expense and time, and we will be seeking recovery of expenses from AMEC." The wind farm application has attracted 4600 letters of objection and has been turned down twice by East Ayrshire Council.
21 Mar 2007

Wind farm plan ditched over plane crash fears

A wind farm plan has been scrapped because of fears about plane crashes. Developer SLP Energy had proposed putting up three turbines on land between Rampside Road and the gas terminal. The company, based in Lowestoft, Suffolk, said the wind farm would produce clean, economic renewable energy and offset the emission of a "significant quantity of pollutants," particularly carbon dioxide, into the atmosphere for the next 25 years. But many Rampside residents were furious about the project. The main reasons for people objecting were concerns about noise pollution, the destruction of the landscape and its impact on quality of life.
14 Mar 2007

Turbulent ride for turbine bid - Airport objection could affect entire county

ONE man's plans to erect a micro wind turbine in the Bathgate Hills has resulted in a dispute that could affect all of West Lothian. Kenneth Robertson, of the Quarter, Drumcross, has seen his proposal for a nine-metre (nearly 30 feet) turbine come up against objections from the British Airport Authority and National Air Traffic Services. They're against the turbine on the grounds that it may interfere with radar equipment from aeroplanes at Edinburgh Airport.
13 Mar 2007
back to top