1st US off­shore wind farm to be­gin pro­duc­tion within days

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

There has been a hic­cup at the na­tion’s first off­shore wind farm as it pre­pares to start de­liv­er­ing power.

Deep­wa­ter Wind, which owns the five-tur­bine farm off Block Is­land, Rhode Is­land, says one tur­bine is not turn­ing. But spokes­woman Meaghan Wims said Fri­day that will not de­lay the start-up and the other tur­bines will be­gin de­liv­er­ing power for the grid within days.

The com­pany built the wind farm to power about 17,000 homes. The pro­ject costs about $300 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to the com­pany. “We’re truly proud of the wind farm’s per­for­mance to date and to have com­pleted a suc­cess­ful test phase,” Deep­wa­ter Wind CEO Jef­frey Gry­bowski said in a state­ment. “The wind farm’s per­for­mance has been ex­cep­tional, even in some of the harsh­est weather con­di­tions off­shore.”

Wims said that since the four months of test­ing is com­plete, com­mer­cial op­er­a­tions can be­gin soon. She said the tur­bine’s gen­er­a­tor was dam­aged by a drill bit left in­side, which was dis­cov­ered dur­ing re­cent tests. She said it will be re­paired and work­ing “in the near term.”

The dam­age was first re­ported by ecoRI News. Deep­wa­ter Wind planned to open the wind farm last month, but said it was still fi­nal­iz­ing ap­provals. Wims said it’s not un­usual to take a tur­bine off­line, and that one or more tur­bines will be turned off dur­ing main­te­nance and re­pairs from time to time, while oth­ers are oper­at­ing.

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