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Turbine fire at Eemmeerdijk

A fire in one of the 19 NedWind 1 MW wind turbines at the Eemmeerdijk wind farm in Zeewolde led to a temporary shut down of the whole plant in December, shortly after it went on line in November. It is owned by utility NUON. The fire broke out on Christmas day, apparently the result of a fault in the grid connection of one turbine, causing it to short circuit, says NedWind's Theo Alsemgeest. The remaining 18 units were back in full operation after a few days. "It was an isolated incident," says NUON's Annemarie Goedmakers, who expects the damaged unit to be back up soon. The Christmas timing of the fire meant that efforts to extinguish the blaze were hindered by a locked access door and the unavailability of the NUON staff member with the key. By the time the fire service arrived, the gear box was severely damaged.

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