Siemens Turbine Remains Idle After Turbine Fire At Ocotillo Wind Farm

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A single Siemens SWT-2.3-108 wind turbine remains idle at Pattern Energy's Ocotillo Wind Farm in California's Imperial Valley nearly a week after the machine caught fire.

According to Siemens, the incident occurred on Jan. 15. No one was injured, and a safe perimeter has been established.

‘We are aware of the situation, which involved a fire that was contained within a single turbine at the Ocotillo Wind Farm,’ according to a Siemens spokesperson. ‘There were no injuries, the impacted equipment has been de-energized, a safe perimeter has been established, and the tower is being continuously monitored. A full investigation is under way to determine the cause of the fire.’

The 265 Ocotillo Wind Farm, features 112 Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbines operating on approximately a 10,000-acre site on lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management. For more background on the project, click here.

This was not the first issue involving a Siemens turbine at the wind farm. In May 2013, a B53 rotor blade broke off from the blade root and crashed to the ground.

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