Keeping up with the latest standards can be vital to ensuring safety when work is being performed on wind turbines. OffTECBase, a safety and technology training course provider in Enge-Sande, Schleswig-Holstein, has worked closely with Siemens’ Wind Power and Renewables Division since 2010. Now the two companies want to take their collaboration to a new level.
To offer practical training courses, OffTEC ordered two of the latest Siemens’ SWT-3.6-130 direct-drive turbine systems for installation at the wind farm close to the training site. The principle is to work together to develop the content of future training courses and to train technicians using real wind technology.
“We are very pleased that our long-standing cooperation on projects with Siemens is moving to a new level,” says Andreas Rauschelbach, CTO of OffTEC. “Now we can expand our training modules and offer real, state-of-the-art wind technology.”
Greater sharing benefits both companies. OffTEC gains from Siemens’ leading role in introducing industrial safety standards throughout the industry. In turn, the company can have a good proportion of its assembly and service technicians trained using the latest systems at OffTEC. The two new turbines round out a fleet of systems comprising all the key Siemens’ models.
“Working as a state-of-the-art technician in the wind industry requires maximum industrial safety,” said Klaus Loesmann, OffTEC’s Commercial Manager. “That’s why we’re rigorously expanding our basic principle of holding all our training sessions for offshore and onshore technicians at a single location and under real-life conditions. Extending our training field to include the latest generation of plant therefore represents an important step for us.”
The two SWT-3.6-130 units are expected to be in place by the summer of 2017.
“We’ve been working successfully with OffTEC since 2010 in implementing the best-possible standards of industrial safety at wind turbines and training our employees,” says Markus Tacke, CEO of Siemens’ Wind Power and Renewables Division. “The training sessions add an important element to our activities in northern Germany: the locations in Lower Saxony, Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein represent not only the latest in wind turbine technology, but also leading safety standards for maintenance on land and at sea.”
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