Structural fatigue signs halt generation at German offshore wind farm

Project developer expects GE to foot the bill after a routine inspection uncovered signs of structural weakening on several wind turbine landing platforms.

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Output from German offshore wind farm Merkur is set on standby after a routine inspection of the facility identified signs of structural fatigue on the supports under Helihoist platforms used to land service personnel and spare part on wind turbines, reports Britain's The Renewables Infrastructure Group (TRIG), which owns 25 percent of the facility, in a statement.

The generation halt should be seen as a safety precaution taken while the root of the problem is being investigated, TRIG writes. Meanwhile, the first turbines have reentered operation in cooperation with German authorities.

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