RES probes UK Siemens Gamesa turbine fire at UK onshore wind farm

RES is investigating why a Siemens Gamesa wind turbine caught fire at a project that it manages in the east of England, UK.

The turbine nacelle and blades caught fire at the French Farm project in Cambridgeshire, according to the Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue Service, which initially attended the fire.

The firefighters advised residents to keep their windows closed after the fire on Sunday (24 April) evening.

RES manages the wind farm on behalf of client REG Windpower, the company confirmed.

The project consists of two of Siemens Gamesa’s G80-2.0 turbines and was commissioned in 2016.

No firefighting action was taken, according to the Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service, which took over managing the fire from its Lincolnshire counterpart.

After the fire burned out, the service reinspected the area later that evening and this morning (25 April). It believes the cause of the fire was accidental.

RES stated: “The power to and from the turbines was switched off and a precautionary exclusion zone has been set up. 

“An investigation is now underway and the affected turbine will be analysed by the manufacturer´s experts to determine the cause of the fire.”

Siemens Gamesa told Windpower Monthly that it is not responsible for servicing the turbine.