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[cdn-nucl-l] " New Brunswick's $200-million wind farm frozen solid "
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New Brunswick's $200-million wind farm frozen solid
Telegraph-Journal February 16, 2011 2:02 AM A $200-million wind farm in
northern New Brunswick is frozen solid, cutting off a potential supply of
renewable energy for NB Power.
The 25-kilometre stretch of wind turbines, located 70 kilometres northwest
of Bathurst, N.B., has been completely shut down for several weeks due to
heavy ice covering the blades.
GDF SUEZ Energy, the company that owns and operates the site, is working to
return the windmills to working order, a spokesperson says.
"We can't control the weather," Julie Vitek said in an interview from
company headquarters in Houston, Texas. "We're looking to see if we can cope
with it more effectively through the testing of a couple of techniques."
She says the conditions in northern New Brunswick have wreaked havoc on the
wind farm this winter.
"For us, cold and dry weather is good and that's what's typical in the
region. Cold and wet weather can be a problem without any warmer days to
prompt thawing, which has been the case this year.
"This weather pattern has been particularly challenging."
Wintry conditions also temporarily shut down the site last winter, just
months after its completion. Some or all of the turbines were offline for
several days, with "particularly severe icing" blamed.