Deutsche Windtechnik to carry out component exchanges at Dutch offshore wind farm

Deutsche Windtechnik team at an offshore wind farm site. Image by Deutsche Windtechnik (www.deutsche-windtechnik.com)

June 17 (Renewables Now) - German wind turbine technology specialist Deutsche Windtechnik AG announced that it will be performing major component exchanges at the 120-MW Prinses Amalia offshore wind farm in Dutch waters for the next five years.

The firm was awarded the contract by the wind farm owner, Dutch utility Eneco, and given a start date in August this year.

During the five-year period, up until the end of the designed lifetime, Deutsche Windtechnik will launch campaigns once or twice a year using a jack-up vessel to replace multiple large components, including gearboxes and generators, and also rotor blades if needed. The job puts Deutsche Windtechnik in charge of all phases of the project, including preparation of the major component exchange at sea, dismantling of the old component and installation of the new component, the testing phase and the reporting, the service company said.

The Prinses Amalia wind farm is equipped with 60 units of the Vestas V80 turbines. One of them needs to have one of its rotor blades replaced on short notice.

“Deutsche Windtechnik will perform this and all potential future exchanges by providing an expert team composed of a project lead, specially trained service technicians, a banksman and supervisor,” said Geert Timmers, managing director of Deutsche Windtechnik’s Dutch unit.

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