A nine-year old NedWind 500 kW turbine owned by utility Delta crashed to the ground at Oostburg in the province of Zeeland during high winds early in the morning of February 23. The 40 metre tower was broken in two and falling parts brought down power lines. Eyewitnesses report seeing the nacelle falling to the ground on fire. Whether this was due to the collision with the power lines or some other reason is unclear. The wreckage has been removed for analysis and another turbine of the same type at Rithgem-Vlissingen has been shut down pending a full report.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol