Second turbine proved less stubborn

20.09.2022 - 19:11
Mynd: Hólmfríður Dagný Friðjónsd / RÚV
The one remaining wind turbine at Þykkvibær, South Iceland, toppled to the ground this afternoon, as planned. It was inoperative following a fire.

Shortly after New Year, as the news was depressingly dominated by the huge winter covid spike, one news story gripped the attention of a nation ready for a bit of a laugh: the story of the broken windmill that refused to be blown up—or, as some people framed it, Icelandic engineers versus German steel.

The windmill required six explosions (delayed by a trip to Reykjavík to fetch more dynamite) before it succumbed.

This time, a company called Hringrás was asked to bring down the remaining turbine, and approached the task in an entirely different manner to early this January, without explosives, as the above video shows.

"We just use a gas device, welding equipment, and we flame-cut the pipe like this, so that it will definitely fall in the right direction," said Ingvar Jóel Ingvarsson, an employee of Hringrás for 40 years, about how the turbine was to be demolished.

While the operation was carefully planned and skilfully executed, it was reassuringly reminiscent of January’s job that the final stage of the operation was to run away, fast.

Operations began around 14.00 and ended successfully at around 15.30.

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