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Siemens Gamesa to refurbish Vestas gearboxes

UNITED STATES: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) will refurbish the gearboxes of the 60 Vestas turbines at the 120MW Princess Amalia project in the Netherlands as it extends its service business for multi-brand offshore wind turbines.

Gearbox refurbishment work will be carried out in Spain, where SGRE has five manufacturing facilities
Gearbox refurbishment work will be carried out in Spain, where SGRE has five manufacturing facilities

Site owner Eneco's selection of SGRE to maintain and refurbish the gearboxes of the Vestas V80-2.0MW turbines was announced ahead of the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA’s) Windpower 2018 conference taking place in Chicago this week.

SGRE will supply up to four ZF-EH804 gearboxes fully equipped with auxiliaries, with this initial exchange expected during the second quarter of 2018, the company stated.

The removed gearboxes will then be fully refurbished before being replaced. SGRE’s repair team can refurbish up to four gearboxes in ten weeks, the manufacturer added.

All of the work will be carried out in Spain, where SGRE has five manufacturing sites.

The 120MW Princess Amalia wind farm, situated 23km off the coast of Ijmuiden in the Netherlands, was commissioned in 2008.

Five years ago, Vestas, which supplied the project’s 60 turbines, signed a ten-year service deal with Eneco to carry out scheduled and unscheduled maintenance at the wind farm.

At this stage, it is unclear how SGRE’s newly announced contract with Eneco affects Vestas’ previous deal with the developer.

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is holding its Windpower 2018 conference and exhibition in Chicago (7-10 May). Windpower Monthly will bring all of the coverage from the show across the week. www.windpowermonthly.com/awea-2018 

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