Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Farm Ltd (GGOWL) has extended the service contract with Siemens Gamesa for the 504MW offshore wind farm featuring 140 SWT-3.6-107 turbines. The new contract will run until 2022.
The contract continues, and builds upon, the service work that Siemens Gamesa has provided for the offshore wind farm since 2013.
The company will provide scheduled servicing, troubleshooting and technical support to the 140 turbines installed at the site, located 23km off the Suffolk coast.
Onshore 24/7 monitoring and diagnostics of each of the turbines will take place at the company’s dedicated control room, based in Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK.
Servicing Greater Gabbard is the most recent of three service contract extensions awarded to Siemens Gamesa.
Following the 10-year secured service agreements for the 175-turbine London Array wind farm, and the 54-turbine Lynn and Inner Dowsing wind farms, this is the first contract to include the Balance of Plant.
These extensions bring the number of individual turbines monitored in real-time by the Service business of Siemens Gamesa in the UK and Ireland to well in excess of 3,200 at over 128 wind farms (onshore and offshore), with an output capacity of approximately 9.5 GW.
The company said that this, combined with advances in predictive diagnostics, have made servicing and maintenance a data-driven process, rather than at scheduled periods. These innovations have helped the company preserve the reliability it is well known for, while delivering efficiency gains to the customer, Siemens Gamesa stated.