Wind turbine collapses in Northern Ireland

The Telegraph, Emily Gosden
A 328-foot tall wind turbine worth more than £2 million has buckled and collapsed on a mountainside in Northern Ireland.  Unconfirmed reports suggested the blades of the turbine had spun out of control – despite only light wind speeds – before the structure came crashing to the ground on Friday.

Lturbine-1_3153748cocals claimed the sound of the turbine hitting the mountain could be heard up to seven miles away from the Screggagh wind farm, near Fintona in County Tyrone.  Some people compared it to an explosion while others claimed to have heard the sound of metal grinding throughout the day.  No-one was injured in the incident, which left debris scattered across the wind farm site. Read article

7 thoughts on “Wind turbine collapses in Northern Ireland

  1. Unmentioned in this story is the age of the destroyed turbine. Many of these installations experience bearing and other operational problems very early in their life cycle. The one at Goderich destroyed by fire (still waiting for the verdict on any investigation) was brand new.
    The expected life cycle, usually given as +20 years has about as much credibility as the advertised KW rating. As we have seen these towers in Ont are not very carefully constructed; not hard to imagine grave malfunctions 8 or 10 years down the road. Question is will these foreign wind companies be around to accept liability claims for any mishaps?

    • Not to worry, most of these projects will have been converted into Yieldcos anyway and the investors can worry about future problems.

  2. Tye, thanks for your continued input, but …

    Kathy McLaren’s email raises more than a few questions:

    “Looking further, my husband and I have come to the conclusion that because of the wind turbines that the government has put up on our property (without our permission), …”

    As crazy and determined as this Liberal government is, how were they able to install IWTs without the landowner signing off?

    If the IWTs were already installed when the McLarens bought the property, well, caveat emptor …

    How is it that Kathy “stumbled” on Tye’s blog, but all the while missed Wind Concerns Ontario, Ontario Wind Resistance, North American Platform Against Wind, Grey Highlands Wind Action and all the many links on the right-hand side of this page?

    How is it the McLarens missed all the court cases, the protests, the plight of the blandings turtle, etc, etc?
    It’s not like they can claim to be ignorant urban elites who have been sheltered from the truth by condo cocooning and main stream media.

    Sorry Tye, too many red flags. I may buy it but I won’t eat it.

    If Kathy McLaren can step forward and enlighten me on all of the above, I may end up feasting on crow pie after all.

  3. … back from lunch!

    And furthermore:

    “as my husband and I are trying to kickstart a petition to rid the Singhampton/Blue Mountains area of these horrible wind turbines”.

    Great idea McLarens! Why didn’t anyone else think of this before?

    Kathleen Wynne is shaking in her red wellington boots at the thought of someone starting a petition to cut those wind pricks off at the knees.

    As for the rest of us idiots, we thought throwing reams of money at Julian Falconer and Eric Gillespie would be a novel way to get the job done.

    Maybe there’s something to be said for keeping one’s head in the sand.

    Good night and good luck.

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