Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) and Iberdrola have signed several maintenance contracts totalling 1,928 MW at 69 of the energy group’s wind farms in Spain and Portugal for a period of between 3 and 5 years.
The agreements cover a total of 1,963 Siemens Gamesa wind turbines of the G4X (660 kW unit power), G5X (850 kW), G8/9X (2.0 MW), Siemens Gamesa 2.X (SG 2.1-114 y SG 2.6-114) and Siemens Gamesa 3.X (SG 3.4-132) platforms. With these new contracts, Siemens Gamesa consolidates its position as the main provider of operation and maintenance services for Iberdrola in the region. The agreements include new and renewed contracts.
The total workforce that is needed to maintain the wind farms included in these contracts will be around 160 employees. Technicians are primarily based in the rural areas where the wind farm is located, so the maintenance activity helps support economic activity and employment in these places.
The maintenance services for these types of turbines, the oldest in Iberdrola’s fleet, are expected to significantly maximise their level of efficiency, as well as extend their useful life in the mid to long term.
Siemens Gamesa, in addition to offering operation and maintenance services, provides programs to maximise energy production, improve availability and optimise operation and maintenance (O&M) costs over the turbine lifetime. In this regard, the agreement reached between Siemens Gamesa and Iberdrola also includes design modifications and improvements to the installed fleet during the term of the maintenance contracts, with the aim of modernising the fleet and safely improving the energy production of the wind turbines.
“It’s a real pleasure to have reached such an important agreement with Iberdrola, not only because of the size of the deal, but also because it allows us to strengthen our partnership with one of our main customers. With these agreements, we will go beyond the usual maintenance tasks and offer solutions that the market is increasingly demanding, such as upgrading existing turbines to increase energy production while optimising the cost of operations and maintenance,” says John Paul Larrañeta, CEO of Siemens Gamesa Service for Southern Europe and Africa.
Following this deal, Siemens Gamesa will have 14 GW under maintenance for more than 340 customers in 12 countries in Southern Europe and Africa.