Process for Return to Service
Imperial Valley Press - Pattern to Restart Turbines
Ocotillo Wind Blade Failure Turbine #156
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is currently reviewing the investigative reports from Ocotillo Wind and Siemens that identify the cause of blade failure and procedures to prevent further occurrences. Ocotillo Wind is initiating a turbine by turbine assessment to evaluate the integrity of each turbine through on-site inspections and field testing.
BLM and Ocotillo Wind will continue to work together coordinating a systematic return to service. BLM and Ocotillo Wind will continue to keep Imperial County informed throughout the restart procedure.
The project site is currently under a BLM Suspense Order that will gradually be lifted as field inspections and field testing confirm a safe return to service for each turbine.
Cause of Mishap Statement
Siemens inspectors discovered a deficient adhesive bonding process for a particular batch of turbine blades that has been identified and corrected at the point of manufacturing.
Proposed Location: 5 miles west of the town of Ocotillo, in western Imperial County
Electricity Production Capacity: 315 megawatts
Company: Ocotillo Express LLC
Acreage: Approximately 12,436 acres of BLM-administered land
Status: Notice of Availability of the Record of Decision published in the Federal Register 5/11/12
Public Comment: The Record of Decision for the project has been released and there are no longer any opportunities to comment on the project
Electrictrical Transmission Connection: The recently approved Sunrise Powerlink crosses the project and will facilitate transmission of the project's renewable energy output to load centers in Southern California.
Company's Expected Benefits: Generate enough electricity to power almost 94,500 homes. Employ up to 350 workers during peak construction and up to 20 workers permanently.
The Record of Decision for the project was published in the Federal Register on 5/11/2012. At this time, there are no longer any opportunities to comment on the project.
For more information, contact the Bureau of Land Management Project Manager, R. Brian Paul at (760)337-4445.