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ODA drops plans for wind turbine

3 Jun 10 The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has dropped plans to build a wind turbine on the Olympic Park site.

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has dropped plans to build a wind turbine on the Olympic Park site.

It said that the decision was taken following “an extensive process of research and industry engagement” after the preferred bidder had pulled out. The ODA is now looking at other ways to supply renewable energy to the Olympic Park.

A wind turbine had been proposed for Eton Manor in the north of the site as part of the ODA’s target to deliver 20% of the Olympic Park’s legacy energy requirements from renewable sources from 2014. However, the preferred bidder pulled out

The ODA said that its preferred bidder’s turbine supplier had felt unable to comply in time with new safety regulations, particularly the requirement for an internal operator lift. No one else felt able to develop a solution within the tight timetable.

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ODA Chief Executive David Higgins said: “We have carried out an exhaustive process with the industry and suppliers over the last two years to find a viable way of delivering a wind turbine on the Olympic Park site. However, the industry environment has changed and that means the project is no longer feasible.

“We have a strong track record in sustainability and we remain committed to meeting the challenging renewable energy targets we have set ourselves. Our focus is now on researching a number of alternative renewable energy options across the Olympic Park site to help contribute to these targets and compliment the other state-of-the art new energy infrastructure we are building.”

Other renewable energy options being considered are the installation of photo voltaic solar panels around the Olympic Park site and a biomass gasification combined heat and power (CHP) unit, burning wood chip. The ODA expects further decisions to be taken on these two renewable energy options in the summer of 2010.

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