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Vestas V112 turbine caught fire

- By Charlotte Stubben

A Vestas V112-3.0MW turbine, the wind giant's flagship machine, caught fire and burned at a German wind farm on Friday.

On Friday, March 30, a Vestas V112-3.0 MW turbine caught fire at the Gross Eilstorf wind farm in Lower Saxony, Germany.

According to a statement, the turbine was working normally before the fire started.

The fire
"As of 15:00 CET, the fire is burning out under controlled conditions, as safe access to the turbine is impossible. Local firefighters and a fire inspector are on the scene, along with police and Vestas experts," the company said.

No injuries were reported.

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Three other nearby V112 turbines have been shut down as well for electrical safety reasons. There is, however, no risk for the other 13 V112 turbines at Gross Eilstorf that are still up and running.

Launch of a full investigation
A full investigation will be launched at the earliest possible opportunity, with initial assessments scheduled for Saturday. An independent third party will assist in the investigation with Vestas and the customer.

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The V112 is a new turbine model for Vestas and they have full confidence in its quality and performance. For safety reasons, Vestas immediately reviewed their entire V112 fleet through their Global Vestas Performance and Diagnostics Center – which monitors the performance of over 20,000 wind turbines around the world – and the fleet is operating normally.

Vestas concludes that “these types of accidents are rare”, and that the company will make the results of the investigation known.

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