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04 July 2013
Gamesa, a global technology leader in the wind power industry, has secured a contract with the IPP Veronagest to provide operation and maintenance (O&M) services on 181 wind turbines with total installed capacity of 234 MW for a period of ten years.
The company will perform maintenance services on 70 Gamesa wind turbines, each with capacity of 2.0 MW, and on 111 Gamesa 850 kW turbines, located in seven Italian wind farms.
Under the terms of the agreement, Gamesa will install its Algorithm Improvement Program in the turbines. This program optimises turbine productivity by enhancing load curves and increasing their operating ranges.
The 2 MW turbines will also be fitted with the company's continual improvement program known as Gamesa Premium Availability (GPA), which is designed to boost platform availability, diminish risks and reduce the cost of energy (CoE). GPA implies a host of turbine enhancements, ranging from operational and software upgrades to minor repair work, streamlined logistics for major repair work and preventative maintenance systems. These design and process improvements maximise turbine availability and can lower a wind farm's operating expenses by up to 10%.
Gamesa services capacity of over 19,500 MW for 180 customers worldwide. The recurring revenue stream implied by O&M services, coupled with high attendant profitability and cash flow generation levels, make these agreements one of the company's core growth drivers.
Moreover, the O&M services area rounds out Gamesa's end-to-end wind power offering. The company views this vertical integration as crucial to the creation of value in the development, usage and monetisation of a wind farm. To this end it draws on value-added programs to deliver maximum energy output levels, boost availability indicators and lower O&M costs, all with a view to minimising its customers' cost of energy.
With a track record stretching back 19 years and installation of 27,000 MW in 40 countries under its belt, Gamesa has established itself as a world technology leader in the wind power industry. Its end-to-end value chain presence encompasses the design, manufacture, installation and O&M services stages.
Gamesa is also a global benchmark in the development, construction and sale of wind farms. To date, it has installed almost 6,000 MW and currently boasts a pipeline of over 18,000 MW at varying stages of development in Europe, the Americas and Asia.
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