Areva under pressure as M5000 turbines malfunction

"It's not unlikely that all six [turbines] will need to be replaced"

"It's not unlikely that all six [turbines] will need to be replaced"

Areva Wind is under pressure to replace all six of its Multibrid turbines at Germany’s Alpha Ventus offshore wind farm, after two of its 5MW units malfunctioned only a couple of months after being commissioned, Recharge can reveal.

Several weeks ago, Areva Wind, formerly Areva Multibrid, discovered severe overheating in the gearboxes of two of its M5000 turbines at Alpha Ventus, requiring it to shut them down.

The gearboxes were manufactured by Renk, which is owned by German engineering firm MAN.

Both nacelles, and their internal components, will be brought to shore, “because you can’t do this kind of repair work offshore”, explains Alpha Ventus spokesman Lutz Wiese.

“The question we’re negotiating with [Areva Wind and Renk] at the moment is whether the other four units will also need to Log in to read complete article.

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