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Offshore flagship projec hits rough patch

The rigours of the North Sea have proved to be a tough testing ground for wind turbine components. Faults and defects in

various parts of the Vestas wind turbines that make up the Horns Reef wind station have mounted up to a point where the manufacturer may

decide to bring all 80 machines ashore for repair. Horns Reef, off the Danish west coast, is the first major demonstration of offshore wind power in challenging conditions. It was developed as a demonstration project by major Danish utility Elsam under an agreement with the government.

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