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Wind Power

Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform written question – answered on 13th March 2008.

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Photo of Tom Levitt Tom Levitt Labour, High Peak

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform how many Vestas-type wind turbines have been built in the UK; and what recent checks on their safety have been carried out.

Photo of Malcolm Wicks Malcolm Wicks Minister of State (Energy), Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform

The Department does not keep statistics according to the brand of wind turbine. However, according to the British Wind Energy Association the number of onshore and offshore Vestas-type wind turbines that have been erected in the UK to date is 1,182.

Vestas carries out detailed safety inspections as part of a documented service and maintenance regime. In addition Vestas has taken the additional precautionary measure of implementing a Critical Component Inspection regime on all their turbines.

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