MHI Vestas Turbine Catches Fire at Østerild Test Centre

An MHI Vestas V164 wind turbine has caught fire at the Østerild – National Test Centre for Large Wind Turbines in Denmark.

Image source: MHI Vestas

The turbine caught fire on Friday evening, 4 August. Local fire fighters allowed the fire to burn itself out as the available equipment could not reach the flames at the height of 140 metres.

No one was injured in the incident the causes of which will now be investigated.

”We are grateful that no one was injured. The fire brigade was called immediately and secured the area around the turbine. The cause of the fire is now being investigated. We do know that the prototype was being started up, and therefore not in operation, at the time of the incident. This will not affect our construction and installation timetables,” a spokesperson for MHI Vestas said.

The Technical University of Denmark (DTU), the operator of the Østerild Test Centre, has yet to respond to inquiries made by Offshore WIND.

The information on the test centre’s web site lists the recently launched 9.5MW unit as the only version of the MHI Vestas V164 model currently being tested at the site.