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Turbines working again after fire
The destroyed turbine
The fire on the turbine sparked a major alert
Wind turbines are again producing power at the giant Nissan car plant on Wearside, a month after one of the six machines burst into flames.

Eight fire crews attended the Sunderland car plant after fire broke out on one of the 167ft (51m) Danish-built turbines on 23 December.

After safety tests the remaining five turbines have now been restarted.

A spokeswoman for the company said a report into how the fire began was due to be completed within days.

Building work started on the 2m wind farm at the 750-acre site in September 2005.

Planning permission was granted for seven turbines, but the company decided on six second-hand turbines, which together produce 7.5% of the plant's electricity needs.

The spokeswoman said: "We have had a thorough independent safety test of the remaining turbines and they have been declared fit to use.

"The damaged turbine is still with the manufacturers in Denmark and we are awaiting a full report from our insurers, which is due within the next few days."




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