Gamesa picks up contract to maintain new wind energy plants in France and Germany

Gamesa, the global leader in the design, manufacture and maintenance of wind turbines, has won an operation and maintenance (O&M) contract covering a total of 21 wind farms located in France and Germany. These wind power facilities, all owned by Iberdrola Renovables, have aggregate capacity of 163 MW.

Eighteen of these wind farms (70 wind turbines and total capacity of 138 MW) are located in France, with the other three to be serviced by Gamesa (15 wind turbines and aggregate capacity of 25 MW) located in a wind farm in Germany.

This €7.4 million contract was signed under the full-service regime and encompasses maintenance of the G5X and G8X families of wind turbines for a three-year period, from January 1st, 2011, extendable by a further two.

The operation and maintenance business expands

The contract strengthens Gamesa’s foothold in the operation and maintenance (O&M) business, a division which the company expects to drive growth and recurring revenues (€400 million by 2012).

The division employs over 2,000 professionals who are maintaining 12,000 MW of wind energy capacity for more than 130 clients in Spain and other countries. Optimal maintenance increases equipment performance, reduces operating costs and, therefore, enhances wind generator output and the return on projects.

With more than 15 years’ experience, Gamesa is a world leader in the design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of wind turbines, with more than 20,000 MW installed in 20 countries on four continents.

The company is also a global benchmark in the market for the development, construction and sale of wind farms, with more than 3,500 MW installed and a wind farm portfolio totalling 22,000 MW at varying stages of development in Europe, America and Asia.

With 30 manufacturing facilities in Europe, the USA, China and India, and 4,400 MW of annual manufacturing capacity, Gamesa has an international workforce of more than 6,300 people.