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Nordex turbines shut down upon collapse

After a 240-meter wind turbine, installed earlier this year, last week collapsed at a German wind farm, the OEM has had the 19 units with similar setups turned off.

Photo: Rag Montan Immobilien

Last Wednesday, a wind turbine collapsed in the woods outside German village Haltern. Far from being an aging turbine, the powerful Nordex N149-4500 machine was installed as late as in January upon a hybrid tower 164 meters tall. A unit with a tip height of 240 meters.

While no one was injured by the collapse, the incident in itself was serious enough. Haltern's mayor tells media WDR that the damage amounts to EUR 6m.

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