Wind Power News: Thailand
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Danish turbine manufacturer Vestas has launched an investigation into the failure of a wind turbine in Thailand. Vestas said a nacelle detached from the tower and fell to the ground together with the blades at one of the company’s V136, 3MW machines at Wind Energy Holding’s 60-turbine T2 and T3 wind farm in Nakhon Ratchasima and Chaiyaphum provinces. The incident happened at 11.30am local time on 30 October, the company said. It added that no one was injured and no . . . Complete story »
AYUTTHAYA – Salvage experts are planning how best to raise a large barge and its cargo of wind turbine towers that sank in the Chao Phraya River, about 300 metres from the Nuan Chawi Bridge, in Muang district on Monday afternoon. Somkiat Kosikrainiramol, director of the marine department regional office in Nonthaburi, said the barge was taking four wind turbine towers worth millions of Baht from Chon Buri’s Sattahip port to Nakhon Luang district of Ayutthaya province. It sank around . . . Complete story »
The Office of the Auditor-General (OAG) has started an investigation into whether there was a conflict of interest between the private sector and state authorities in the land lease project for wind farm projects. Auditor-General Pisit Leelavachiropas said Sunday that the agency has been examining whether there were “conflicts of interest” in allocating Sor Por Kor land to private firms operating wind farms, when it was specifically supposed to go to landless farmers. The agency is looking into the actions . . . Complete story »
Development of wind energy in Thailand appears to be in the limbo after the Supreme Administrative Court has ordered the suspension of operations of Thepsathit Wind Farm Company for its use of Sor Por Kor (land reform) land to build a wind farm in Nakhon Ratchasima. Agriculture Minister Chatchai Sarikalya has reportedly ordered the land reform office in Nakhon Ratchasima to enforce the court’s order within 90 days until April 24. He said the court’s order is clear and there . . . Complete story »
Any ‘Sor Por Kor’ land lease contracts for wind energy projects which are deemed a misuse of the land will be cancelled, Agriculture Minister Chatchai Sarikulya says. The contracts for the land leased to the remaining 19 companies that build wind farms to generate electricity must be reviewed within 90 days or by April 26 to comply with a recent Supreme Administrative Court ruling, he said. Any contracts which breach the law based on the court’s ruling will be amended, . . . Complete story »
The Supreme Administrative Court has upheld the Administrative Court’s revocation of a decision by the land reform committee of Chaiyaphum province to rent land in Thep Sathit district to a private company to build a wind farm. The land is located in a Grade 1B area and originally intended for distribution to farmers under the agricultural land reform scheme, or Sor Por Kor land. On Sept 23, 2009, the land reform office of Chaiyaphum province passed a resolution to rent . . . Complete story »