The wind farms - located in Schnellin (Sachsen-Anhalt), Helmstedt (Niedersachsen) and Büddenstedt (Niedersachsen) - are owned by NIBC European Infrastructure Fund (NEIF) and comprise 19 Vestas V80 2.0MW wind turbines. Under the contract, Availon will maintain them for 10 years.
Under the multi-million full scope service agreement, known as WindKeeper Complete, Availon will perform regular maintenance of the Vestas turbines twice a year, as well as unscheduled maintenance when required.
With WindKeeper Complete, the wind turbine operator is able to shift virtually all of the risks to the service provider, says Availon. The scope of performance provided includes the replacement of major components and, depending on the turbine type, up to six upgrades designed to enhance its availability or safety.
“The trend towards full service agreements is constantly increasing,” says Ulrich Schomakers, Availon’s Chief Executive. “Availon has now over 300 units under its full service agreements. This figure far exceeds our initial expectations.”