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Wind farm delayed by bad weather

Turbine installation
All 60 turbines are in place and should start generating electricity soon

Scotland's first offshore wind farm has been hit by a delay blamed on bad weather.

Severe conditions have put the start of power generation from the Robin Rigg development on hold.

Developers E.ON said all 60 turbines were now in place off the coast of Cumbria and Dumfries and Galloway.

It had been due to start supplying electricity to the national grid at Seaton earlier this summer but bad weather has hampered last minute work.

The company is hopeful the first string of eight turbines should be in use by the end of the week.

The £330m project has suffered a number of delays in the past due to weather and contract issues.

In September 2007 a group of 40 workers had to be rescued from a jack-up barge being used to install turbines after it started to list in strong winds.

Then in January this year dozens of crew members had to be taken to safety after another vessel broke three of the five wires anchoring it in position in the Solway Firth.

Once it is fully operational Robin Rigg should provide enough energy to power 120,000 homes.



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