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KVS-33 THROWS BLADE IN TARIFA
1 May 1996
A Kenetech KVS-33 wind turbine threw a blade last month, the third machine to do so at the 30 MW Tarifa wind farm since its inauguration last year. The blade snapped off at the base in high gusty winds, according to local press reports. The accident appears identical to two blade failures at the 90 turbine plant in November which was immediately closed down. It was restarted in December after a team flown in from Kenetech's California headquarters had inspected the plant. A malfunction of the yaw mechanism was blamed and some parts were replaced. The most recent accident has been seized upon by the local anti-wind energy campaign and even supporters are giving Kenetech a hard time. Local environment group, Agaden, says Kenetech is giving wind power in Spain a bad name and should be forced to take out comprehensive third party insurance. Fears are that a flying blade could hit traffic on a nearby highway. Some of the turbines are sited within 100 metres of the road, half the distance covered by the recently thrown blade. The deputy leader of Spain's Parido Popular party is demanding an official explanation from the Andalusian regional parliament regarding the blade failures.
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