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Wind Farm turbine to be out for 45 days

The turbine that was knocked out of commission because of a wayward drill bit will be offline for 45 days beginning in January, Deepwater Wind announced this afternoon, Friday, Dec. 23.

According to a press release issued by the Wind Farm’s Fisheries Liaison, Elizabeth Ann Marchetti, wind turbine number two (WTG 2) “has 26 magnets which are scratched. The scratches were the result of a drill bit that was left in the air gap of the generator during manufacturing by General Electric in France.  The drill bit has been removed from the air gap. The generator works but the damaged magnets need to be replaced.” Marchetti said the turbine will not be in operation while it is being worked on.

The following summarizes the magnet repair plan:

The Block Island Wind Farm is now in operation, and is expected to deliver energy to the island beginning in January.