Siemens Gamesa secures Gemini contract extension

In: Windfarms

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 4.0-130 wind 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.”

Windea La Cour, 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.

Located 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 SWT-4.0-130MW 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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