Turbine OEM Gamesa has landed a contract from La Compagnie du Vent, a wind energy subsidiary of GDF SUEZ, to upgrade 19 wind turbines in the south of France.
The contract includes the frames’ reinforcement as part of the life extension program of the 5 wind turbines of 660kW, the implementation of the algorithm improvement software and the Gamesa premium Availability (GPA) in 14 wind turbines Gamesa 2.0 MW.
This contract bolsters Gamesa’s presence in the operation and maintenance market, a linchpin of the company’s growth potential. Moreover, this activity is a vital tool for creating value associated with the development, availability and profitability of wind energy projects.
The company says it offers high-value-added programs to maximizee energy output, improve availability and reduce O&M costs with the aim of optimizing cost of energy (CoE) for its customers.
The wind turbine life-extension program consists of a series of structural reforms and a monitoring system to prolong the useful lives of WTGs made by Gamesa and also by other manufacturers beyond that of the original design specifications, thereby guaranteeing the equipment’s safety and availability, enabling control over O&M costs and streamlining the cost of energy.
Meanwhile, Gamesa Premium Availability (GPA) is an ongoing improvement program geared towards increasing turbine system reliability, curtailing risks, and reducing cost of energy. GPA offers a full range of turbine upgrades, from operational and software updates to minor corrective tasks, logistics improvements for major repair work and preventive maintenance solutions. These design and process enhancements maximize turbine availability and can reduce a wind farm’s OPEX (operating expenditure) by up to 10%.