Dutch utility Nuon, which is part of Sweden’s Vattenfall AB, will decommission the turbines at the Lely offshore wind farm after 22 years of service.
The park, comprising four two-bladed wind turbines with a combined capacity of 2 MW, was built in 1992 in the IJsselmeer artificial lake. In 2014 the park lost one of its turbines after the rotor head and blades fell down as a result of metal fatigue.
Even though an investigation after the incident showed that there are no signs of metal fatigue at the other three 500-kW turbines, the company has decided to decommission the park. It said Lely is approaching the end of its life and profits are declining.
The dismantling of the turbines and towers has started.