Gamesa renews contract for Mount Storm wind farm in Virginia

15 January 2013 (Last Updated January 15th, 2013 18:30)

Wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa has extended its contract to provide full-service operation and maintenance (O&M) for the 264MW Mount Storm Wind Farm in West Virginia, US, under a ten-year agreement with NedPower.

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Wind turbine manufacturer Gamesa has extended its contract to provide full-service operation and maintenance (O&M) for the 264MW Mount Storm Wind Farm in West Virginia, US, under a ten-year agreement with NedPower.

Gamesa has been providing O&M services for the wind farm, which features 132 of its G80-2.0MW turbines, under a five-year agreement that began in 2008.

“Increasing long-term turbine optimisation reduces risk, generates real cost savings and helps drive profitability for the customer."

The existing O&M agreement will expire on 30 June 2013 and the new full-service agreement will take effect from July 2013.

The latest agreement guarantees 'Run Time Availability' in line with NedPower's energy production goals in bringing back turbines into full service soon after any maintenance, Gamesa said.

Under the company's Gamesa's Premium Availability programme, it will aim to increase reliability, reduce risk and cut down the cost of energy at the facility.

Gamesa North American services vice president Philippe Delleville said: "Increasing long-term turbine optimisation reduces risk, generates real cost savings and helps drive profitability for the customer.

"This project had its challenges, but working together with NedPower and with the introduction of GPA, we developed a solid track record, which enabled us to achieve production and service goals."


Image: The 264MW Mount Storm wind farm in the US state of Virginia features 132 Gamesa G80-2.0MW turbines. Photo: courtesy of Gamesa.