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Two dead after Dutch turbine fire

Service technicians caught up in 'tragic accident' at Deltawind project

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Two service technicians have died following a turbine fire at Deltawind's 21MW Piet de Wit wind farm near Ooltgensplaat in the Netherlands.

The mechanics, aged 19 and 21, were working on one of 12 Vestas V66-1.75MW units at the site when the fire broke out yesterday afternoon.

Deltawind said it is possible that a short circuit on the unit caused the fire but warned it is awaiting the result of a police report into the incident.

The company said that the team had been on the site to perform scheduled maintenance.

The developer called the loss of the two mechanics, who were working for contractor Bettink Service Team, a "tragic accident". Both Deltawind and plant owner Promill expressed their sincere condolences to the families of the two mechanics.

All turbines at the site, which is 10 years old, were powered down following the fire.

Turbine manufacturer Vestas said it was saddened by the incident and extended its sympathies to the families involved.

It said that machine was not under a Vestas service contract but that it has "offered assistance to the owner to participate in the investigation of cause of the fire and events leading to this incident".

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