German wind turbine manufacturer Siemens has won a long-term contract extension for service and maintenance at the 350-megawatt Clyde wind farm in the Clyde Valley – one of the largest onshore wind farms in Europe.
This is the sixth service agreement Siemens has signed with Perth-based SSE, the majority shareholder, since July 2015.
The Clyde wind farm is comprised of 152 SWT-2.3-93 wind turbines and is capable of powering 300,000 average homes in the UK. The project has been serviced and maintained by Siemens since beginning commercial operation in 2011 and is located near Crawford in South Lanarkshire.
Siemens will provide long-term service and maintenance services for an additional 15 years with its SWPS-300W maintenance agreement. The SWPS-300W is the most comprehensive onshore wind service package available from Siemens, and includes a guarantee of availability and extended warranty on major components over the entire term.
With its sophisticated monitoring, management and data analysis tools, Siemens’ Remote Diagnostics Services, part of the Siemens Digital Services portfolio, supports predictive maintenance planning by identifying potential issues before they impact operations.
In addition to the Clyde and Clyde Extension projects, Siemens has signed service agreements with four other wind farms (Galway Phases 1 and 2, Toddleburn and Tievenameenta) owned and/or operated by SSE within the last year. Siemens wind turbines are currently in operation or under construction at 18 SSE onshore wind farms, with a total generating capacity nearly one gigawatt (GW).
Siemens services and maintains almost half of the UK’s total wind-generating capacity – approximately 2,200 Siemens wind turbines at over 60 wind farms (onshore and offshore) delivering approximately 6.4 GW in total.