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The Main Thing Being Produced by UK Offshore Windfarms? Rust and CO2.

Maintenance costs to sky-rocket as the negatives of offshore wind power bubble to the surface.  The rusty white elephant leaves the room….to pollute our oceans. What a mess this is.

There is a private ‘arbitration’ case going through an English arbitration court at the moment. The 1996 Act passed to enable such things is basically a way to free up Court time taken up by complex technical disputes….and, dare I say it, keep prying eyes away from what’s going on. It involves two very large supply organisations. And from the sidelines, DEFRA is looking on with a growing sense of anxiety.

Britain blasted into offshore wind farms, and then upped the pace of it after being put on the naughty step by Brussels for not turning the entire country into a fart-recycling plant. In their haste to do Master’s bidding, the Mandarins of Whitehall called in some structural engineers, who gave them (on the whole) some sound advice about the height increase and structural bulwarking necessary for ocean use. But our fine men from the Ministry didn’t ask a metals expert to comment. Had they done so, they might have been reminded about something: steel and salt water are not the best of friends.

Cast your net widely enough, and you will find a lot of stuff going through the arbitration Courts about wind farms. Setting aside the mountain range of data showing that the damn things are noisy, unsightly, insanely unreliable as a form of generation – and can never pay back – some of the intrinsic problems within this entire madcap project do tend to raise the eyebrows somewhat.

In May this year, the developer of the giant Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm GGOWL finally resolved the long-running contractual dispute with engineering firm Fluor Ltd over concerns relating to the foundations of turbines. Out of 140 turbines, 52 – that’s 35% – had faulty foundations. That’s a bit of a drawback in the offshore business.

In Canada, propeller-supplier Windstream is in  dispute with Liberal Government there over its proposed 300-megawatt wind project in eastern Lake Ontario, off Wolfe Island. The case is expected to cost the taxpayer £200m ‘and perhaps three times as much as that’. The dispute is basically about energy shortfalls in practice, and the slow speed of project development.  Continue reading, here….

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