Release Date: 04/20/2010
Location: Rheine, Germany
E.ON AND SSB SERVICE, GMBH ENTER COOPERATION AGREEMENT
Independent WTG service provider to maintain E.ON VestasÂ® 2MW turbines
"After looking around the market, we finally decided on the service provider from Rheine, Germany. We felt they were best able to meet our high expectations. In cooperation with SSB Service, GmbH, our goal is to develop a manufacturer-independent service for the repair, maintenance, and remote monitoring of our portfolio of two type V80 and V90 MW turbines in Germany, France, and Poland," says Georg Persigehl, Head of Asset Management at E.ON Climate & Renewables for Central Europe.
Ulrich Schomakers, Chief Executive Officer of SSB Service, GmbH, views the cooperation with E.ON as a classic win-win situation for both companies. "We see this partnership, which began with preliminary talks in 2008, as a significant step forward. E.ON plans to invest eight billion euro in the expansion of renewable energies between 2007 and 2011 alone. More than 90 percent of that will be invested in wind energy. E.ON Climate and Renewables operates turbines with a total installed power capacity of 475 MW in Central Europe alone, a region that includes Germany, Poland, and France."
The first phase of the partnership between E.ON and SSB Service, GmbH began at the end of 2008 with a large-scale project to build up the necessary service knowledge for future repair and maintenance activities. Over a period of 18 months, technicians and engineers from both companies developed a complete strategy for the upkeep of the E.ON Climate and Renewables Vestas® wind turbines in Central Europe. Henning Wegner, Service Manager of SSB Service, GmbH in Germany, describes the process, "Over the course of this joint project, we recorded and documented the current technical status of the turbines as well as identified the potential for turbine optimization. The specialists revised their specifications for WTG components on the basis of this information and designed the maintenance procedures, including the requisite logistics, together with the operative service organization."
Having successfully concluded this initial phase, SSB Service, GmbH will now take over the complete service for Vestas® 2MW wind turbines no longer covered by manufacturer warranties. Henning Wegner explains, "The plan is to gradually conclude service contracts for these WTGs over the next few years. The expertise and the extensive knowledge of both companies will not only lend themselves to guaranteeing manufacturer-independent service but also to increase turbine availability in the long term. Together with E.ON Climate and Renewables, we will also concentrate on the further development of critical components in all areas of hydraulics, electrical systems, and mechanical systems."
Ms. Dagmar Hammudeh-Keil
Tel.: +49 5971 8025 291
About SSB Service, GmbH:
Since its formation in 2007, SSB Service, GmbH has established itself as the leading independent provider of WTG maintenance services. At present, the full-service company operates with nearly 150 employees in Germany (headquarters), The Netherlands, Spain, Italy, and the USA.
SSB Service, GmbH currently maintains more than 1,000 MW worldwide.
The company´s proactive, complete service for worldwide WTGs includes the entire value-added chain, including remote monitoring and maintenance, the provision of spare parts, troubleshooting, and the optimization of wind turbines. And all this is monitored by a DQS-certified quality management system.
SSB Service, GmbH is the first independent WTG service provider to be fully certified by the Germanischer Lloyd in all processes required for the servicing operation.
About E.ON Climate & Renewables
With sales of more than 82 billion euros and more than 88,000 employees, E.ON is one of the biggest private-sector power and gas companies in the world. The E.ON Climate & Renewables, GmbH consolidates the international activities of the group in the area of renewable energies and climate protection. The company will invest eight billion euros in the expansion of renewable energies between 2007 and 2011 alone. E.ON currently operates on- and offshore wind turbines worldwide with a power capacity of more than 2,700 MW. E.ON is also investing in solar energy as an important second source of revenue and develops, builds, and operates biogas and biomass plants in several European countries.
More information is available at www.eon.com/renewables.