Nova Scotia

Cape Breton wind turbine collapse investigated in Nova Scotia

A wind turbine in Cape Breton has collapsed while crews performed routine maintenance. No one was injured and staff were able to evacuate the site before the 80-metre turbine fell.

80-metre turbine came crashing down soon after maintenance staff evacuated the site

A wind turbine operating in Nova Scotia collapsed Aug. 17 and the manufacturer has sent a team of experts to investigate. (Brett Ruskin/CBC)

An 80-metre wind turbine has collapsed in Nova Scotia, prompting an investigation by Enercon, the device's manufacturer.

According to company officials, no one was injured when the turbine fell Aug. 17 at the Point Tupper Wind Farm. Nova Scotia's Department of Energy confirms they are aware of the collapse.

Crews were performing regularly scheduled maintenance on the turbine, exchanging a large component, said Karine Asselin, business development manager with Enercon, via phone from the company's national headquarters in Montreal.

"An incident occurred and it triggered the evacuation procedure." - Enercon

"An incident occurred and it triggered the evacuation procedure," Asselin said.

All personnel had time to evacuate the site before the turbine collapsed, she confirmed.

The cause of the collapse is now under investigation, with a team of experts on site. The other 10 turbines in the vicinity are still operating.

Enercon is a major player in the Nova Scotia wind power community, with its turbines generating 2.6 MW of electricity — enough to power thousands of homes.

The same turbine that collapsed in Point Tupper, called the E82, is also installed elsewhere in the province. Asselin said no other turbines are affected by this issue and called this "an isolated incident."

She said the goal is to find out what happened, implement the findings and restore the site to full operations.

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Brett Ruskin

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Brett Ruskin is a reporter and videojournalist covering everything from local breaking news to national issues. He's based in Halifax.

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