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Weather halts work on SeaAngel test turbine

UK: Assembly work on the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) 7MW SeaAngel turbine at Hunterston, Scotland, is on hold following poor weather conditions.

Speaking to Windpower Offshore, a spokesman for Hunterston owner SSE said the lowest tower section is in place and all other components have been delivered to site.

The turbine has a 167-metre rotor and 106 - metre high tower, which comprises four parts and has a 7.33-metre diameter at the base flange. According to the tower's manufacturer Ambau "it is the largest [tower] of its kind". Ambau shipped the tower sections on 24 September from the German port of Cuxhaven.

The SeaAngel will be tested at sites in Glasgow, UK and Fukushima, Japan. The turbine uses a hydraulic drive system designed by MHI-subsidiary Artemis Intelligent Power, a digital displacement hydraulics technology specialist.

Despite being owned by MHI, the SeaAngel falls outside of the joint venture set up with Vestas earlier this year. The Vestas V164 will be the turbine of choice for MHI-Vestas, however this machine may use Sea Angel's Artemis-designed drivetrain at a later date.

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