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article imageNew Brunswick wind turbine burns

By Bob Ewing     Aug 10, 2009 in World
One of the 32 turbines operated by TransAlta Corp., on the Kent Hills Wind Farm, caught on fire, the company is investigating.
The CBC reports the farm is located in Elgin, N.B., which is about 30 kilometres southwest of Moncton.
Jason Edworthy is a spokesman for the TransAlta and he said the fire is very unusual. There will be an investigation of the company that supplied the turbine.
The Elgin Fire Department and employees of TransAlta were able to contain the fire.
The turbine's sensor alerted the three employees onsite about the problem.
The power supply will not be interrupted by the loss of a single turbine which can be replaced by an estimated cost of between $4 million and $5 million.
Operation of he Kent Hills facility began on Dec. 31, 2008, and was slated to provide 280,000-megawatt hours of power per year to meet the electricity needs of approximately 17,300 homes.
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