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Wind turbine collapses - Sweden

"There was a wind turbine straight across the forest road. It had been ten to fifteen meters up from the base and then dropped in the entire length of the tower."

First came the bang - then this view. A giant wind turbines had fallen across the road.

It was when Erik Karlsson from Solbergavägen in Vetlanda was out working in the woods on Christmas Eve morning, he was treated to a nasty surprise.

"I was sitting in my forest when suddenly I heard an incredible bang. Just then I thought no more of it, but continued to work," says Erik.

The hour later, around lunchtime, he was finished and went home. Once he understood what caused the blast.

Low straight across the road

"There was a wind turbine straight across the forest road. It had been ten to fifteen meters up from the base and then dropped in the entire length of the tower."

The rotor blades and the generator according to Erik damaged some trees, but because the wind turbine must have fallen over an open area the amount of damage was limited. 

Erik Karlsson says that the wind power plant is an example of several wind farms in the area. 

The place sealed off

The police know the event but refers to emergency services.

"It will be one of several wind turbines blown over," says Anneli Johnsson Hammo, duty officer at the police in Jönköping.

At 15 o'clock on Christmas Eve the emergency and service personnel from Stena Renewable, the company who owns the wind farm, were on site. Oil from the turbine's gearboxes had run out in the first place was to limit environmental impact.

No one was harmed.

Stena Renewable wrote in a press release that the site is blocked and the other turbines in the park are closed down until further notice. They are asking the public to stay out of the area.

Editor's note: The wind turbine is one of 32 Vestas V112 3.0 megawatt machines place in service in spring 2013.


Source: http://www.svt.se/nyheter/r...

DEC 24 2015
https://www.windaction.org/posts/44026-wind-turbine-collapses-sweden
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