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Gamesa investigates after wind turbine loses blade in India

The blade became detached from the G5X-850 850kW turbine earlier this week. Reports suggest the stray component hit a transmission line. The turbine was installed around three years ago and is part of a wind farm in southern India operated by Pioneer Wincon.

Spanish wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa is investigating an incident that saw a rotor blade break-off from one of its machines in India.

The blade became detached from the G5X-850 850kW turbine earlier this week. Reports suggest the stray component hit a transmission line.

The turbine was installed around three years ago and is part of a wind farm in southern India operated by Pioneer Wincon.

Gamesa claims the incident is a "one off event". The manufacturer says: "This was a turbine that was out of the warranty period and whose maintenance was done by the client and not Gamesa."

Gamesa adds: "We have not had similar events on our 7,000 units sold, installed and commissioned worldwide," describing the G5X-850 as a "very sturdy wind turbine".

The company is helping the wind-farm operator with its inquiry into the incident.

Gamesa has made aggressive moves into the Indian market over the last couple of years, starting a new assembly plant in early 2010 and investing $60m to build new blade, nacelle and tower plants.

It won a 2GW framework agreement with Indian independent power producer Caparo Energy earlier this year.

Spanish wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa is investigating an incident that saw a rotor blade break-off from one of its machines in India.

The blade became detached from the G5X-850 850kW turbine earlier this week. Reports suggest the stray component hit a transmission line.

The turbine was installed around three years ago and is part of a wind farm in southern India operated by Pioneer Wincon.

Gamesa claims the incident is a "one off event". The manufacturer says: "This was a turbine that was out of the warranty period and whose maintenance was done by the client and not Gamesa."

Gamesa adds: "We have not had similar events on our 7,000 units sold, installed and commissioned worldwide," describing the G5X-850 as a "very sturdy wind turbine".

The company is helping the wind-farm operator with its inquiry into the incident.

Gamesa has made aggressive moves into the Indian market over the last couple of years, starting a new assembly plant in early 2010 and investing $60m to build new blade, nacelle and tower plants.

It won a 2GW framework agreement with Indian independent power producer Caparo Energy earlier this year.

 


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SEP 8 2011
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