Design Caused Foundation Cracks and Collapse of New Brunswick Wind Turbine – New Brunswick | The Canadian News

An investigation into the collapse of a large wind turbine in southeastern New Brunswick last October blames the structure’s design.

TransAlta Renewables Inc., which owns the collapsed turbine, says the design caused foundation cracks, adding that the foundations of a total of 50 turbines it owns at the site must be replaced.

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TransAlta Renewables finds cracks in turbine foundation at New Brunswick wind farm

The Calgary-based company released a statement Tuesday saying it expects to repair all the turbines by the end of 2023 at the Kent Hills 2 site, located about 55 kilometers southwest of Moncton, NB.

He says the cost of the repairs will be between $75 million and $100 million.

All affected turbines will stop working until repairs are complete, and will be brought back online one at a time.

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The company says it is actively evaluating options to recover costs from third parties and insurance.

It says there are no indications of foundation problems at any of the company’s other wind sites.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on January 13, 2022.

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