17:15 CET - 30 Mar. 2012
On Friday, March 30, a Vestas V112-3.0 MW turbine caught
fire at the Gross Eilstorf wind farm in Lower Saxony,
Germany. The turbine was working normally before the fire
started. There were no injuries.
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 turbine has been disconnected from the grid.
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.
It is not clear at this point why the fire started. A full
investigation will be launched at the earliest possible
opportunity, with initial assessments scheduled for
tomorrow. An independent third party will assist in the
investigation with Vestas and the customer.
The V112 is a new turbine model for Vestas and we have full
confidence in its quality and performance. For safety
reasons, we immediately reviewed our entire V112 fleet
through our Global Vestas Performance and Diagnostics
Center - which monitors the performance of over 20,000 wind
turbines around the world - and the fleet is operating
It is important to note that Vestas has over 46,000
turbines operating, and these types of accidents are very
Once we have completed the root cause investigation, we
will make the results known.
For more information, please contact:
Director of Global Media Relations
Mobile +49 175 933 4397