Deutsche Windtechnik acquires Texas firm to boost US turbine O&M biz

Deutsche Windtechnik expands its footprint in the US up to 1.6 GW. Image by Deutsche Windtechnik AG. All Rights Reserved.

September 9 (Renewables Now) - German wind turbine technology specialist Deutsche Windtechnik AG has agreed to acquire the wind turbine maintenance and services business of Amarillo, Texas-based electrical services provider Cooke Power Services in a deal that has doubled the number of its travelling technicians in the US.

The acquisition will add customer contracts for long-term services for 50 MW of Mitsubishi (MHI) wind turbines and 38 employees, boosting Deutsche Windtechnik's MHI capabilities in the US, the German company said on Wednesday.

"Pairing the expertise and experience on MHI wind turbines by former Cooke employees with our existing business in the US will lead to an improved client satisfaction as we can better cover all O&M requirements for this platform whether a la carte repair or inclusive long term agreements," said Deutsche Windtechnik US's chief executive Melf Lorenzen.

Cooke Power Services will keep its business segments High Voltage and Substation Construction.

The US unit of Deutsche Windtechnik signed its first long-term service contract in April 2019. Since then, it has grown to maintain 1.6 GW of turbines, including brands such as Siemens, MHI, NEG Micon, GE, and Nordex.

Expansion in the country will continue with the opening of a new service centre in Amarillo in the last quarter of 2021, and with more service contracts in the pipeline.

The deal comes about two weeks after Deutsche Windtechnik announced that it had established a new country unit to provide maintenance services for offshore wind farms in the UK.

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