On-site, initial close inspections of the burnt turbine from height – using a crane and also using a drone aircraft with a camera – has assisted in the investigation.
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With weather-related delays, Vestas continues the operation to take down the burnt turbine, which will lead to a closer on-the-ground inspection within days. Planning is underway to replace the burnt turbine, which will commence next week.
Paused other V112 turbines
“As a part of the investigation, and in close communication with relevant customers, we have paused other V112 turbines with a similar production configuration to the turbine that caught fire,” Vestas said in a statement.
“We are confident that we are getting closer to the root cause of the fire and we are now returning the paused turbines back to normal operation one by one after having completed a thorough inspection and implemented upgrades, including new software to mitigate the issues found as part of the root cause investigation. We expect that all of the paused turbines will be returned to normal operation by late April.”
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