Blade drop incident at Dundonnell wind farm site stops testing phase
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Tilt Renewables Ltd (NZE:TLT) today reported an incident at the under-construction Dundonnell wind park in Victoria, Australia, where a single blade separated from the turbine hub and fell to the ground.
The company said that the incident, which occurred on October 5, did not lead to any injuries or damage to any other property. It has removed from service all wind turbines at the site, while an investigation is being conducted.
The developer will undertake a root cause analysis in conjunction with the turbine supplier -- Vestas Wind Systems A/S (CPH:VWS).
“Appropriate commercial and contractual provisions are in place to mitigate the effects of an incident of this nature and at this time it is not expected to materially impact the business,” Tilt said in its bourse statement.
Tilt has been building the 336-MW Dundonnell wind park at a site near Mortlake in Western Victoria since the start of 2019. The AUD-560-million (USD 402.2m/EUR 341m) project involved the installation of 80 V150-4.2MW turbines, all of which were mechanically complete prior to the incident.
According to an update from last week, all 80 machines were able to export power into the grid as part of the testing phase, though with a total output limited to 150 MW.