Siemens, Iberdrola partner on Spain, Portugal wind farms

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The contracts cover the service of 1,963 wind turbines with outputs of between 660 kW and 3.465 MW of unit power. (Courtesy: Siemens Gamesa)

Siemens Gamesa and Iberdrola have signed maintenance contracts totaling 1,928 MW at 69 of the energy group’s wind farms in Spain and Portugal for a period of between three and five years.

The contracts cover the service of 1,963 wind turbines with outputs of between 660 kW and 3.465 MW of unit power. 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 contracts account for about 160 employees to maintain the wind farms. Technicians are primarily based in the rural areas where the wind farms are located, so the maintenance activity helps support economic activity and employment there.

The maintenance services for these types of turbines, the oldest in Iberdrola’s fleet, are expected to significantly maximize their level of efficiency, as well as extend their useful life in the mid to long term.

“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,” said John Paul Larrañeta, CEO of Siemens Gamesa Service for Southern Europe and Africa. “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 optimizing the cost of operations and maintenance.”

Siemens Gamesa, in addition to offering operation and maintenance services, provides programs to maximize energy production, improve availability, and optimize 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 modernizing the fleet and safely improving the energy production of the wind turbines.

After this deal, Siemens Gamesa will have 14 GW under maintenance for more than 340 customers in 12 countries in southern Europe and Africa.

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