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Crane moves in to mend turbine  

A giant crane has moved next to Lowestoft’s seafront wind turbine to carry out the delicate task of removing a damaged blade.

A lightning strike during a thunderstorm on June 8 damaged the tip of a blade on the 120m landmark known as Gulliver.

Although engineers had the blades spinning again the same day a subsequent maintenance inspection revealed there was a problem.

For the past eight weeks Gulliver has been out of action awaiting the arrival of a crane big enough to be used to remove the damaged blade.

SLP Engineering communications manager Kerry Leigh Gauntt previously said the damage to the blade meant it could not be repaired in situ and had to be removed and taken to ground level where the necessary work would be carried out.

Yesterday workmen removed the blades but it is still not certain when Gulliver will once again be operating.

Nobody at SLP was available to say when the wind turbine, capable of powering 1,600 homes, will be back in action.

Eastern Daily Press

20 December 2007

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