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Safety fears close Longpark wind farm in Scottish Borders  

Credit:  By Bob Burgess | The Southern Reporter | 14 January 2015 | www.thesouthernreporter.co.uk ~~

A windfarm in the Scottish Borders has been shut down after part of turbine was found lying by the roadside.

All 19 turbines at the Longpark farm above Stow have been switched off and an investigation is underway.

The fibreglass component from a blade was found by Stow businessman Graeme Steel – and he says he’s spotted another three of the same components – believed to be spoilers – missing from turbines.

It’s thought it may have been ripped off during high winds.

He told The Southern: “I found it on the side of the road. It could easily have caused severe injury or even a fatality.

“It has come to light there are a further three turbines missing three sections of this spoiler.”

Longpark operators EDF Energy Renewables said they were aware of the found component.

A spokesman said ; “EDF Energy Renewables is investigating how the component, which is made if fibreglass, came to be at the road side.

“Engineers from turbine manufacturers Senvion is also attending the site to assist with this.

“In the meantime, all 19 turbines at the site have been switched off as a precaution.”

Source:  By Bob Burgess | The Southern Reporter | 14 January 2015 | www.thesouthernreporter.co.uk

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