SWEDEN -- A 230 meter high wind turbine has collapsed north of Jörn in Skellefteå municipality. The whole tower gave way and crashed to the ground.
- I have never heard that it has happened in Sweden, says Maria Röske, CEO of the wind power company WPD.
It was at 9 pm on Saturday evening that the wind turbine gave way and fell to the ground. Pictures taken by Norran show how the tower folded a few meters above the ground and then the turbine housing, tower and blades crashed down.
The Aldermyrberget wind farm is a construction site and the power plants were intended to be put into operation in December, then under the auspices of the company WPD Onshore.
- This happened late last night when no construction workers were on site, so no one is injured, which is the most important thing, says the company's CEO Maria Röske.
The collapsed tower was discovered by a person who was to plow on the site.
16 other power plants are included in the park built by the company Vestas. It is now Vestas that will carry out an investigation into the accident, according to Maria Röske. No leakage has occurred in connection with the collapse.
- I will not speculate but there must be some design error, I think. But this is what you have to investigate, how could this happen. Wind turbines are nothing new, thousands have been built in Sweden, says Maria Röske, who has worked in the industry for 18 years, and calls it a very unusual event.
- I have never heard that it has happened in Sweden.
The construction site is cordoned off and is not located near any buildings, and Röske assures that there is no danger to the public.
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