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09 September 2011
Whirly update

WHIRLY UPDATE

There has been a most unfortunate delay in the commissioning of our turbine!

After a great start by the manufacturers building it in double quick time, the Chair of the Development Trust in this month’s Newsletter made us all aware that there was a missing turbine part, due to come in from Germany. This applied to all the Orkney turbines currently being brought into service, as well as in other parts of the world.

It has arrived today, and we can get cracking with commissioning!

Despite being frustrated by the delay with this delivery, we had pushed ahead anyway with all the other work we have to do: the connection with the 33kV line at Braeholland has been completed and the transformer at the base of the turbine has been made live today; all the metering is in place, both for electricity coming in to enable the control equipment and to measure the electricity being generated, which we sell to the grid.

We now expect to energise the turbine during week commencing 19th September.

There is a shut-down of power in Shapinsay next week, Thursday 15th which is unrelated to the turbine, being for routine maintenance work on the power lines by SSE.

Please note the closing date for applications for work as one of the two turbine operators is 5pm on Friday next, 16th September.

Alan Manzie.
Turbine Development Officer

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