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Manufacturer admits fault in 35-metre Bradworthy turbine collapse

By NDJPhilippa  |  Posted: February 25, 2013

  • The collapsed wind turbine in the field at East Ash Farm, Bradworthy, North Devon

  • The collapsed wind turbine in the field at East Ash Farm, Bradworthy, North Devon

  • The collapsed wind turbine in the field at East Ash Farm, Bradworthy, North Devon

  • The collapsed wind turbine in the field at East Ash Farm, Bradworthy, North Devon

  • The collapsed wind turbine in the field at East Ash Farm, Bradworthy, North Devon

  • The collapsed wind turbine in the field at East Ash Farm, Bradworthy, North Devon

  • The collapsed wind turbine in the field at East Ash Farm, Bradworthy, North Devon

  • The collapsed wind turbine in the field at East Ash Farm, Bradworthy, North Devon

  • The collapsed wind turbine in the field at East Ash Farm, Bradworthy, North Devon

  • The collapsed wind turbine in the field at East Ash Farm, Bradworthy, North Devon

  • The collapsed wind turbine in the field at East Ash Farm, Bradworthy, North Devon

  • The collapsed wind turbine in the field at East Ash Farm, Bradworthy, North Devon

  • The collapsed wind turbine in the field at East Ash Farm, Bradworthy, North Devon

  • The collapsed wind turbine in the field at East Ash Farm, Bradworthy, North Devon

  • The collapsed wind turbine in the field at East Ash Farm, Bradworthy, North Devon

  • The collapsed wind turbine in the field at East Ash Farm, Bradworthy, North Devon

  • The collapsed wind turbine in the field at East Ash Farm, Bradworthy, North Devon

  • The collapsed wind turbine in the field at East Ash Farm, Bradworthy, North Devon

  • The collapsed wind turbine in the field at East Ash Farm, Bradworthy, North Devon

  • The collapsed wind turbine in the field at East Ash Farm, Bradworthy, North Devon

  • The collapsed wind turbine in the field at East Ash Farm, Bradworthy, North Devon. Photo@ Phil Ashmore

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THE manufacturer of a 35-metre turbine, which collapsed near Holsworthy last month, has admitted there was a fault with how the structure was fixed to the ground.

Endurance Windpower released a statement revealing the reason the turbine at East Ash Farm, in Bradworthy, collapsed on January 27 was because of a problem with the structural grout and the manner in which the tower was fixed to the foundation.

The company has said the problem affected the durability of the anchor rods resulting in the tower collapse and has affected 29 other turbines.

In the statement Endurance confirmed that most of the remedial work has now been completed and no other collapses have occurred.

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They said: "If your turbine was part of that small population of early installations affected, you would have already been notified and advised that remediation work, if required, would be performed on your foundation at no cost to you.

"In many cases, all of the necessary work has already been completed and the turbines have been returned to service.

"Our current priority is to correct the installations for remaining customers as quickly as possible so that customers can resume producing electricity without risking public safety or jeopardising the long term durability of the foundation.

"In all instances, remediation work is being directed from structural engineers and will be done at no cost to customers."

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  • DavidT5000  |  February 25 2013, 8:13PM

    Wasn't it just the other day they said there was nothing wrong with it? 29 others with faults so far which they did know about. Not coming across very well are they?

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