The company behind a wind farm outside Fintona has confirmed that the site has been completely shut down following the collapse of an 80 metre turbine on Friday.
The seven remaining turbines at Screggagh Wind Farm on Murley Mountain have been stopped pending the outcome of an investigation.
The £2 million turbine buckled at around 9pm on Friday night after local reports of loud noise emanating from the structure throughout the day. The sound of Turbine 3’s collapse could be heard for miles around, with debris scattered hundreds of yards across of the hillside.
Commissioned in 2010, the wind farm between Fintona and Fivemiletown includes eight Nordex N80 turbines sourced from Germany. Weighing approximately 52 tons, the rotors on the turbines have a diameter of 80 metres.
Director of Screggagh Wind Farm Ltd, Doreen Walker confirmed, “It will remain shut down until Nordex UK Ltd has completed a full investigation in to the remaining seven wind turbines and confirms that they are safe to operate.
“We are however satisfied that the site’s precautionary health and safety alert processes worked well with local emergency services in attendance within minutes of the incident taking place. There were fortunately no injuries and no personnel on site at the time.”
Screggagh Wind Farm Ltd said wind speeds on Friday were in the region of 10–12 m/s. The N80 model is designed to withstand speeds of up to 70 m/s.
Ms Walker added, “All of the debris from the collapsed wind turbine was contained within the wind farm site. No debris went on to the public road or neighbouring/adjoining land holdings.”