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Typhoon devastates wind farms

A typhoon travelling at 240 kmh devastated wind farms at Lamba, Navadara and Bhogat in Gujarat last month. An estimated 130-140 wind turbines are out of order or totally destroyed. The total loss is $50 million, says one source. The tornado lasted for four hours destroying transmission lines and everything else in its path. According to Malcom de Sa of Apar Industries, who owns four Tacke turbines at Navadara, the 6 kVA and 11 kVA lines were flattened. "The government is offering no help. No warning was given about the typhoon. The loss is immense," he says. De Sa, who has visited the site, says containers at the wind farms were blown 250 metres into the sea and blades were found 100 metres away. Tubular towers, weighing up to 13 tons, were spared. He has few expectations of assistance from the Gujarat government, but Tacke India has said it is ready to assess the damage. The company's Ashok Dutta says there are four 250 kW turbines in the area, three of which seem to be in working order. A team from Germany arriving mid July to view the new service centre in Delhi will inspect the site in Gujarat," he says. The last recorded typhoon in the area was 20 years ago.

Suisse Eole

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