Tilt Renewables Ltd (NZE:TLT) said today 25 turbines at its 336-MW Dundonnell wind park in Victoria, Australia, are once again operational and 54 more will return into service in the next seven to ten days.
A single blade separated from a turbine at the wind farm on October 5. There were no injuries but all turbines at the site had to be taken out of service for the incident investigation.
An assurance testing procedure was quickly developed to allow the unaffected turbines to be brought back online “in a safe manner”, Tild said. Repairing the one that has been damaged is expected to take several weeks.
Tilt has been building the AUD-560-million (USD 404.3m/EUR 342.4m) wind farm in Western Victoria since the start of 2019. All of the project’s 80 V150-4.2MW turbines, supplied by Vestas Wind Systems A/S (CPH:VWS), were mechanically complete prior to the incident. They had just entered the testing phase with a limited output.
The incident has not affected the commissioning process with the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) and full operation is still targeted over the rest of the year, Tilt noted. “Until the root cause investigation has been completed and any required remedial actions are implemented, all operational turbines will be subjected to an additional regular inspection regime, with Vestas deploying additional resources to the site for this purpose,” the project developer added.
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