Smøla wind farm closed to the public

12.10.2011 08.00 | pressrelease

Smøla wind farm

Damage has been discovered in the tower of one of the wind turbines in the oldest part of Smøla wind farm. The 20 wind turbines from construction stage 1 were immediately stopped for inspection. Five of the turbines have been inspected today. No damage was found and the turbines have resumed operation. For safety reasons, the wind farm has been temporarily closed for access to the general public.

On Tuesday, as a routine precaution, Statkraft decided to close access to Smøla wind farm (150 MW) to the general public until further notice. A crack was discovered in the tower of a wind turbine in the oldest part of the wind farm. The damage was serious enough to warrant repairs to the tower. Statkraft is now mapping the extent and cause of the damage.

The damage was discovered in a wind turbine from construction stage 1, consisting of 20 wind turbines. These wind turbines were immediately taken out of production for inspection. The individual wind turbines will return to operation continuously once inspections have established that the towers are without damage. Five turbines have been inspected today, found to be without damage and have resumed operation. Statkraft is still inspecting the other turbines.

The other 48 wind turbines from construction stage 2 are operating as normal. Construction stage 1 was completed in September 2002, while construction stage 2 came online in 2005.