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  • barrygeo barrygeo Aug 17, 2013 7:20 PM Flag

    Bandits raiding wind farms in India

    Google the following sentence for the whole story:

    Theft takes the wind out of power producers in Rajasthan

    Here are some snippits:

    "About 15% of the turbines put up by developers like Suzlon Energy, Inox Wind, Gammesa, and Enercon (India) are under complete breakdown due to theft, ... The sophisticated modus operandi of the thieves has baffled the industry body"

    "... Earlier, the gangs or individuals involved in theft used muscle power ... to beat and scare the company security personnel stationed at some sites...But over the last couple of years, incidents have shown use of weapons like pistols. Gangs arriving at the targeted sites in a fleet of SUVs are now a common practice. "

    "... What is puzzling many is the precision with which the operations are carried out by the gangs. A company official said, "The thieves know the exact location in the turbine which needs to be cut. It requires an in-depth understanding of the turbines whose height varies between 70-110 meters. They use electric cutting machines and get their job done in a very professional manner."

    "... the turbines contain 1-1 .5 tonne of high-value refined copper"

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