Bornholm wind suffers cable woe

More than half the wind turbines on the Danish island of Bornholm are at a standstill after a ship tore up a submarine cable connecting it to Sweden.

Sixteen turbines with a total capacity of 17MW are being held in abeyance until the cable is repaired. The island normally has 30MW of wind in operation.

Running it as a closed system at full capacity without the ability to export power to Sweden could cause the island’s generator to shut down.

Wind turbine owners on the island have suffered similar problems in the past, with the cable link to Sweden having been cut several times before the latest incident over Christmas.