GE Renewable Energy today announced it was awarded a Full Maintenance contract for the Alsleben wind farm in Germany by Dortmunder Energie- und Wasserversorgung (DEW21), a subsidiary of the municipal utility of the city of Dortmund in North Rhine-Westphalia, who currently operates the site and its 36 turbines.
The agreement includes the implementation of remote monitoring and regular maintenance intervals as well as the preventive maintenance and replacement of large components when needed. GE Renewable Energy will be responsible for the full maintenance of the facilities over a period of nine years. The agreement was tendered by DEW21 in the framework of a European procurement procedure.
The Alsleben wind farm is located in in Saxony-Anhalt and has a total power output capacity of 54MW. The site comprises 36 of GE’s 1.5sl wind turbines and is the largest wind installment with GE turbines in Germany.
Matthias von der Malsburg, Head of Sales for GE’s Onshore Wind Services in Germany said “We are proud to provide servicing for the Alsleben wind farm. GE has more than 20 years of expertise building and servicing onshore wind turbines in Europe and we are determined to use the knowledge collected as the OEM along the way to best serve DEW21 with preventive maintenance and replacement of large components.
Maik Löhr, Head of Renewable Energies at DEW21 said “In the long-standing partnership since 2010, GE has proven to be a reliable and competent partner for us and once again won the best price / performance ratio in the current tender. We look forward to continuing our cooperation.”
GE Renewable Energy recently introduced its 4.8-158 onshore wind turbine with a rotor diameter of 158 meters. With GE’s largest rotor and innovative blade design, the 4.8-158 is expected to significantly improve annual energy yield and will reduce the cost of electricity to customers at low to medium wind speeds