Wind Turbine Catches Fire at Borssele 1 & 2 Offshore Wind Farm

One of the turbines at the Borssele 1 & 2 offshore wind farm in the Netherlands has malfunctioned, which subsequently led to a fire in the unit’s nacelle.

No employees were present when the fire broke out and no one was injured, Ørsted said on 27 October, adding that the wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa is now investigating the cause of the failure.

The damaged wind turbine has been dismantled and the developer is now examining which parts of the turbine can be reused. 

The offshore wind farm continues to operate, with the exception of the damaged turbine and two other turbines which are directly connected to it. Ørsted is working to get these two turbines back online as soon as possible, as they have not suffered any damage and show no abnormalities.

Borssele 1 & 2 comprises 94 Siemens Gamesa 8 MW turbines, the last of which was installed in early September 2020, with the offshore wind farm fully commissioned in November 2020.

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The 752 MW Borssele 1 & 2, now the largest operational offshore wind farm in the Netherlands, was inaugurated last month, a year after all of its turbines were put in place.

Photo: Illustration; Borssele 1 & 2 offshore wind farm; Photo: Ørsted