GE turbine catches fire at newly completed US wind farm

The 225MW Roundhouse wind farm in Wyoming was commissioned in June and features two models of GE turbines

The Roundhouse wind farm features two different GE Renewable Energy turbines – the GE2.3-116 and GE2.5-127
The Roundhouse wind farm features two different GE Renewable Energy turbines – the GE2.3-116 and GE2.5-127

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Firefighters are working with developer NextEra Energy to find out why a GE turbine at a newly completed wind farm in Wyoming, US, caught fire.

Volunteers from Laramie County Fire District #10 were called to the 225MW Roundhouse Roundhouse (225MW) OnshoreLaramie County, Wyoming, USA, North America Click to see full details wind farm on Saturday morning (19 December).

The project was commissioned in June and features two different GE Renewable Energy turbines – the GE2.3-116 and GE2.5-127. It is unclear which turbine model caught fire.

Falling debris burnt an area of grass of around 2km2, according the assistant local fire chief, Karl Zunker.

No one was injured in the fire, according to NextEra.

Developer NextEra and contractor Blattner Energy created gaps in vegetation and made a track road wider to help contain any possible grass fires, Zunker added.

The volunteer fire department is working with the developer to establish the cause of the fire.

NextEra stated: "The fire was out quickly, and no one was injured. Turbine fires are rare. We are currently investigating the cause of this incident.”

GE declined to comment. 

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