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Point Tupper wind turbine collapses; Enercon launches investigation


August 23, 2016
By Anthony Capkun


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August 23, 2016 – According to the Canadian office of wind turbine player Enercon, an evacuation protocol was triggered following a turbine collapse at the Point Tupper wind farm, located near Port Hawkesbury, N.S.

Enercon explains the onsite technician followed the evacuation protocol and safely evacuated the turbine and its surroundings in time to avoid any injuries prior to the collapse, which occurred August 17, 2016. Only property damage has been reported.

Enercon Canada says a technical team has launched an investigation to uncover the cause of the incident, which did not occur during regular operations.

The affected turbine is being disconnected from the grid, and the rest of the wind farm continues to operate.

The company says that, with close to 1000 wind turbines installed in Canada over the course of the last 15 years, this is the first time such an event has occurred.