German-based Deutsche Windtechnik has secured a contract to service Senvion 5M turbines at Germany’s first offshore wind park, Alpha Ventus.
The park is jointly owned by EWE, E.ON, and Vattenfall.
Awarded by Deutsche Offshore-Testfeld und Infrastruktur (DOTI), the contract will see Deutsche Windtechnik provide remote monitoring, scheduled maintenance, and comprehensive services for six of the twelve turbines for five years, starting in January 2017.
The company will also provide replacements for large components when required and stockpiling of spare parts.
EWE's asset manager Ewald Heyen said: “The service job in Neuenwalde began in July 2016, and we will continue to gather project experience until the beginning of next year.
“We will then carry out an in-depth assessment of our need-based maintenance concept.
“We are already collaborating with Deutsche Windtechnik on other onshore windfarms, so we are expecting to achieve good results.”
This type of contract model has already been implemented by Deutsche Windtechnik X-Service for several of EWE's onshore farms.
Deutsche Windtechnik's X-Service managing director Severin Mielimonka said: “This model has proven to be successful, even though the operator's portfolio should be of a certain size. The cost reduction potential is significant, provided the turbine does not suffer severe damage.
“As a group with a wide range of competencies, we offer an optimal combination of technical expertise for the turbines and experience in planning, coordinating and carrying out offshore projects.”
EWE Erneuerbare Energien has already signed a two-year service contract with Deutsche Windtechnik for an onshore Senvion 5M turbine in Neuenwalde near Cuxhaven.