April 25 (Renewables Now) - German wind turbine servicing company Deutsche Windtechnik AG has won a contract to provide maintenance for the 113.4-MW Riffgat offshore wind farm in the North Sea.
Starting in June 2019, Deutsche Windtechnik will service 30 units of Siemens’ SWT-3.6-120 wind turbines at the Riffgat site, thus becoming the first independent service provider globally to provide maintenance for the specific model.
In addition to maintenance, the company is responsible for any repairs and the replacement of large components, said Martin Swart, Senior Manager of the Engineering Department for Siemens turbines at Deutsche Windtechnik Service.
The company was awarded the contract as part of an EU tender procedure launched by EWE Offshore Service und Solutions GmbH (EWE OSS), which is a wholly-owned unit of energy, telecommunications and IT services group EWE AG. The latter switched on the Riffgat offshore wind park in early 2014.
"We would be willing to look into including further offshore wind farms north of Borkum in our service cooperation in the future," said Dirk Warnecke, Head of Asset Management Wind Offshore at EWE OSS.