Iberdrola, halted power production at a 150-megawatt wind farm in Rugby, North Dakota, after the rotor sheared off a Suzlon S88 2.1MW nacelle, slamming to the ground and causing extensive damage to the hub and fiberglass blades.
The wind farm production was suspended after the March 14 accident while Spain’s Iberdrola and Suzlon of India investigate the causes, according to an Iberdrola. No one was hurt and there is no indication of when electricity production may resume.
Suzlon has signed contracts to deliver at least 1,257 megawatts of the S88 2.1-megawatt turbines to countries including China, Australia, India and Brazil. The S88 V2 a previous variant of the same turbine suffered cracked blades in 2008, prompting Suzlon to strengthen the blade components creating the S88 V3.
Suzlon has made a statement saying it has “complete confidence” in the safe operation of its global turbine fleet.
The proposed $150 million Mumbida wind farm in Western Australia has cleared a major hurdle, after the state’s electricity regulator rejected complaints from neighbouring operators that they would have to shut down their wind turbines because there would not be enough capacity for all the generators on the region’s power lines. The Mumbida Wind Farm is a joint venture between state-owned Verve Energy and Macquarie. The site is located 60km SE of Geraldton nad has planning approval for 42MW.
Verve Energy is also developing other wind farm projects including Grasmere (Albany 2), Milyeannup and Mumbida 2.
Wind power producer Infigen Energy unveiled a development pipeline asset swap with renewable energy project developer National Power Partners. Infigen has acquired the remaining 50% interest in each of the following development projects that it did not already own:
- Flyers Creek, Mandurama NSW, 120MW,
- Bodangore, Wellignton NSW, 70-100MW,
- Cherry Tree, Werribee VIC, 35-50MW
- Woakwine Ridge, Millicent SA, 450-540MW
As part of the transaction, NPP acquired Infigen’s interests in the 54MW Glen Innes development project in NSW and approximately 100MW of other development projects which were previously being jointly developed by NPP and Infigen. In addition, Infigen made a net cash payment of approximately $1.4 million to NPP in recognition of costs incurred and development contributions made by NPP in relation the sites above. Infigen and NPP will continue to hold a 32% interest each in the Walkaway 2 and 3 wind farm development projects in Western Australia which total 394MW.
Fomento Economico Mexicano SAB, Latin America’s largest beverage company, and Macquarie Group Ltd., Australia’s largest investment bank, agreed to buy a 396- megawatt wind farm in the state of Oaxaca from subsidiaries of Preneal SA.
The deal is worth 1.06 billion pesos ($89 million,). Femsa, as the Monterrey-based company is known, will have a 45 percent stake in the project, while Macquarie Capital will own 22.5 percent and the remaining stake will be held by two Mexican infrastructure funds of Macquarie. The wind farm is in an “advance phase” and will use 132 wind turbines from Vestas.
BlueScope Steel has abandoned its plan to build a $1 billion co-generation plant at its Port Kembla steelworks in time to meet the NSW government’s 2012 deadline. This terminates the 2006 agreement signed with then premier Morris Iemma, under which the Government committed to advocating on BlueScope’s behalf against being charged for carbon emissions. A condition of the deal was that the cogeneration plant be completed by the end of 2012. The deal committed BlueScope to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions from Port Kembla to 2000 levels by the year 2025, but the company is now free of that obligation.