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United Kingdom

Lightning strikes offshore plant -- Blade failure forces closure

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A direct hit by lightning caused a blade failure on January 22 of one of two Vestas 2 MW turbines at Britain's only offshore wind project at Blyth. The owning consortium of AMEC, Shell Renewables, Nuon UK and PowerGen Renewables insists the blade failure was unconnected with high winds at the time in that area of north east England. The second turbine was temporarily shut down as a precaution but later cleared for continued operation. Vestas is to produce a full report on the incident.

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