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Redcar offshore windfarm temporarily shut down for checks on turbine housings  

Credit:  By Dave Robson | Gazette Live | 14 Jan 2014 | ~~

Redcar’s offshore turbine blades have stopped turning as its owners investigate a technical issue.

The firm behind the Teesside Offshore Wind Farm, EDF Energy Renewables, says its has temporarily shut down the wind farm while it carries out a “technical investigation” on its turbines.

The firm says its has taken the decision to allow engineers to carry out investigations on housings for equipment located inside the base of the turbine towers.

The work doesn’t involve the turbines’ foundations or main structures.

Teesside Offshore Wind Plant Manager Mark Halliday said: “The safety of our people is our highest priority.

“These investigations will be easier and safer carried out under shut down conditions.

“We are working with the turbine manufacturer, Siemens, to investigate in full and hope to return the wind farm to service as soon as is safely possible.”

Last month, several people contacted the Gazette asking why several of the 27 turbines appeared not to be working.

Then, the lack of activity was blamed on “early technical remedial works,” although an EDF spokesman confirmed the wind farm had generated 5% above its target since coming on stream in August.

Source:  By Dave Robson | Gazette Live | 14 Jan 2014 |

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