Repairs to the blackened Capital Power wind turbine at the firm’s K1 wind farm in Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh are about to get underway, and should be completed by the end of next month.
Capital Power spokesperson Dan Hayden says a crane has arrived on-site and is being assembled to begin the dismantling portion of the task starting early next week.
The crane will begin its heavy lifting by lowering first the blades, then the energy cell and finally the top tower section.
Hayden estimates this work could take a week.
Phase Two of repairs involves the shipping and installation of new parts, which are on order and arrive in August.
The Capital Power spokesperson says the fire at the K1 Farm was unprecedented in the province.
Dan Hayden says that despite sitting idle for over two months, third-party investigators have yet to determine why the unit caught fire in April.
Hayden says some of the answers will have to wait until the parts are at ground-level for a closer look.
He says the crane could have been on-site the week following the blaze– the delay involved was getting the replacement parts for the unit sourced.
The top tower section will be transported to Goderich for repair and repainting, while the new blades for the unit will be supplied by manufacturer Vestus.
The Capital Power spokesperson says the loss of output for the K1 farm was minimal, given the unit was out of production during the off-season.
He says both residents and regulators are being updated on the situation as required.
Hayden would not comment on the cost of repairing the damaged turbine.
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