Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has announced that it has secured
a service extension contract for the 600 MW Gemini
offshore wind farm in the Netherlands.
The original 15-year long-term service program (LTP) to service wind turbines
at the Gemini offshore wind park has been extended by another five years
until 2036. This new agreement follows on the service work that Siemens
Gamesa has provided since 2016 including full maintenance of the 150 SG
turbines installed at the site. The LTP covers new services and different
upgrades, providing greater control over operation and maintenance costs.
Paulina Hobbs, CEO of Siemens Gamesa’s North Europe and Middle East Service
region, states: “We are very pleased that we have reached such an important
agreement, not only for its significant size, but also because it demonstrates
that our clients trust Siemens Gamesa and our expertise in effectively,
reliably and safely maintaining their fleets. It also increases our footprint
in such an important and competitive market."
Gemini’s CEO, Bart Hoefakker, adds: “We are delighted to continue
our relationship with Siemens Gamesa through this agreement. It is an example
of a strong strategic alliance that will allow us to optimize the performance
of our offshore wind farm while managing risk and providing extra value
to our investors.”
the Service Operation Vessel (SOV), continues to support Siemens Gamesa’s
service operations at the Gemini
wind power plant. The 88 metre-long SOV works as a platform for offshore
wind turbine operations and maintenance support. Operating from Eemshaven,
Netherlands, this ship transfers the service technicians and stays out
at sea near the wind farm for two weeks at a time.
85 km from the coast of Groningen, Gemini
is one of the largest offshore wind parks in the Netherlands; last year
it produced 2.5 TWh of low-carbon electricity for around 800.000 households.
The wind farm covers an area of 68 km2, and consists of Siemens
turbines, each with a capacity of 4 MW, as well as two offshore high-voltage
substations. Each substation is connected by to the land station in Eemshaven
by a 110 km export cable. There, the electricity is converted to 380 kV
and conveyed to the TenneT power station. It is owned by Northland Power
(60%), Siemens Financial Services (20%), Alte Leipziger and Hallesche Investment
Fund (10%) as well as HVC Groep (10%).
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