GE begins blade replacements

General Electric this week will begin delivering new turbine blades to Invenergy’s Orangeville Wind Farm in western New York State to replace a “small subset” of defective ones – a process that will take two months, Recharge learns.

On 17 November, a 48.7-metre blade broke off from one of 58 GE 1.6-100 wind turbines at the facility, which was in the process of being commissioned. No one was hurt in the incident.

GE determined “after comprehensive review and analysis” that other blades would need to be replaced, although it did not say how many.

“Some construction-vehicle traffic can be expected on various local roads, and we appreciate the patience of our project landowners, and others in the community, in this regard,” Invenergy says in a statement.  

The Chicago-based developer notes that the “great majority” of Orangeville’s turbines continue to operate normally.

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