Turbine fire hits large offshore wind farm in North Sea

A fire has damaged a wind turbine at an offshore wind farm in the North Sea. Borssele 1 & 2, the largest offshore wind farm in the Netherlands, and the second-largest operating offshore wind farm in the world, suffered the fire, energy company Ørsted reported.

It said that the fire was the result of a turbine malfunction.

A total of three turbines were pushed offline out of a total of 94. The remaining 91 turbines continued to operate.

Ørsted said that “no employees were present when the fire broke out and no one was injured”. The site is about 15 miles off the Dutch coast Orsted said that it was working with the wind turbine manufacturer, Siemens Gamesa, to discover the cause of the failure.

The damaged wind turbine was now being dismantled, possibly to reuse some of its parts. The other two offline turbines are being worked on so that they can come back online. An inspection found that they did not suffer any damage during the incident and appeared to be able to operate normally.

Ørsted completed the commissioning of Borssele 1 & 2 in November 2020. The wind farm has a capacity of 752 MW, using Siemens Gamesa 8 MW turbines. The turbines sit on monopiles in a water depth that ranges from 14 metres to 35 metres.