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Solution for Leaning Ferndale Turbine

Ferndale | by Matt Villeneuve  

Turbine owner confident a concrete collar will resolve the structure's lean.

Capstone Infrastructure has a solution to its leaning turbine in Ferndale.

The 115-metre wind turbine's foundation will be reinforced with a concrete collar, to be installed at the base of the structure and anchored into the underlying bedrock. 

A statement from Capstone says "once the necessary concrete curing time has passed and quality standards are met, the turbine will be placed back in to operation."

Completion is scheduled for sometime this autumn.

In June, the company installed an temporary engineered support system comprised of steel cables anchored into the bedrock.

This allowed workers safe access to the turbine and the area around its base, which was necessary to assess the extent of the damage and implement a long term solution.

The leaning windmill began producing electricity in 2002 and was among the first turbines to achieve commercial operation in Ontario.

The two other turbines at the Ferndale development were brought online in 2006.

Capstone Infrastructure has owned the Bruce Peninsula facility since 2013.

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