Availon, a wind turbine maintenance company for many turbine brands, says it signed a new full service contract for three wind farms in Germany with NIBC European Infrastructure Fund (NEIF). The projects were built with 19 Vestas, V80 2.0-MW wind turbines, with a total installed capacity of 38 MW. The farms will be maintained by Availon for 10 years.
Under this multi-million full scope service agreement, known as “WindKeeper Complete”, Availon will perform regular maintenance of the Vestas turbines twice a year, as well as unscheduled maintenance when required. With “WindKeeper Complete”, the wind-turbine operator can shift most risk to the service provider. The scope of performance provided by full service agreements of this kind includes replacing major components and, depending on turbine, up to six upgrades that enhance availability or safety.
“The trend towards full service agreements is constantly increasing,” says Ulrich Schomakers, Availon’s Chief Executive. “Availon has now over 300 units under its full service agreements. This figure far exceeds our initial expectations.”
More wind turbines are reaching an age where they require intensive service. “Operators and investors as well as banks and insurers are looking for reliable full maintenance services to safeguard the long-term viability of their investment, increase the availability of the turbines, and so ensure a sustained return in future,” adds Schomakers.
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