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SWEDEN: 400-ton turbine has turned over

A Vestas wind turbine fell over during Christmas Eve morning in Lemnhult, Korsberga in Sweden. The model belong to one of the tallest land-based wind turbines with a height of 185 meters ...and weighed about 400 tons, according to Stena Renewables CEO Peter Zachrisson. 

KORSBERGA, SWEDEN -- A wind turbine fell over during Christmas Eve morning in Lemnhult, Korsberga. The model belonged to one of the tallest land-based wind turbines with a height of 185 meters. 

By later in the day, the turbine collapse was still a great mystery. 

"We just saw that it had turned over, it's totally kaput," says Nathalie Petersson who was in the area. 

An alarm was received about two o'clock on Christmas Eve afternoon concerning oil leaking from a wind farm in Lemnhult, Korsberga. There was a risk the pollutants might leak into a lake but following an investigation it was discovered that a larger wind turbine had fallen - and split in two.

High winds were not reported in the area. There was no known explanation for what happened. There is a bit of a mystery indeed. "Really weird, no one knows anything," says Nathalie Petersson of Nye.

Ms. Petersson and her husband Daniel Petersson were visiting Lemnhult for the holidays. The fallen turbine obviously attracted great curiosity.

"We went and checked the area after hearing the rumors. There were several others who went there too. The whole wind turbine that has tipped over," she notes.

Unusual experience

Morgan Miledal, team leader of the Highland Rescue Association in Vetlanda arrived at the scene by15 o'clock along with a dozen others from the emergency services, and service personnel from Stena Renewable, owners of the wind turbines in the park.

"It is one of the wind turbines in the park that has been in the ball ... or broken. I have no idea why the turbine collapsed," he say..

When asked if he had seen anything like this before Miledal stated, "Oh, no! I can say that I have not."

He and his colleagues from the emergency services cordoned off the site and are now working with the environmental clean-up. An unknown amount of oil from the plant gearboxes has already leaked into the ground. He is in contact with the municipality and Stena Renewable, to prevent further environmental impact.

Happened on the morning

According to Morgan Miledal the emergency services received information that the plant probably fell around 09-09.30 o'clock on Christmas morning. He is unsure of plant height and weight.

 It belongs to the highest land-based class of wind turbines, they say according to Morgan Miledal.

The turbine that collapsed was a Vestas V102 standing 185 meters high (120 meters without blades) and weighed about 400 tons, according to Stena Renewables CEO Peter Zachrisson.

No person was injured in the incident.

(Editor's note: Other sources state that Stena Renewables' Lemnhult project in Vetlanda municipality consists of 32 Vestas V112 3MW turbines. The project was placed in service in Spring 2013. Translation into English was completed with Google translate.)


Source: http://www.vetlandaposten.s...

DEC 24 2015
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