Deutsche Windtechnik has established a new country unit to provide maintenance for offshore wind farms in the UK. Deutsche Windtechnik Offshore Ltd. began its work on August 1st and is managed as an independent company. It cooperates closely with the onshore country unit, which was established in 2016. The UK is at the top of the list of global offshore markets and is planning long-term investments in further expansion of offshore wind energy. Deutsche Windtechnik’s entry into the offshore market as a high-performance, independent full-service provider with many years of offshore experience will increase the competition in the British service sector, and this will have a positive effect on British offshore wind energy as a whole.
Deutsche Windtechnik has successfully carried out a number of individual offshore projects in the UK since 2019. Many of these projects involved the replacement of major components as well as work related to specialist services, such as endoscope inspections of drive train components. “Our goal in establishing this company is to bring the advantages of our comprehensive, flexible maintenance expertise to the British offshore market and to get closer to local customers and the offshore wind farms off the British coast,” said Carl Rasmus Richardsen, Managing Director of Deutsche Windtechnik Offshore Ltd. “The expansion goals of the British offshore market are unique in the world. Our advantage is that we will benefit in many ways from our extensive experience in the offshore markets of Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands and Taiwan while building up our new offshore unit in the UK. We are confident that our flexible service concepts will also bring significant added value to operators and investors who are active in the UK.”
Process of building up the new country unit is in full swing
Rosie Beevor, Offshore Operations Manager at Deutsche Windtechnik Offshore Ltd, added: “We are working hard to provide a full complement of services for existing and new customers. We are developing sustainable structures and partnerships for logistics, spare parts management, training, project management and much more.” Rosie has many years of operational experience as an engineer and project manager gained with OEMs and Operators within the UK offshore wind industry and Europe, and she is taking on primary tasks in the development of the new business unit and operational management in the UK.
Flexible full service above and below water
Deutsche Windtechnik was one of the first offshore service providers on the international market. For over a decade, the company has been working on a variety of offshore maintenance tasks. More than 200 employees now work exclusively in offshore maintenance, and approximately 1950 employees total work at Deutsche Windtechnik globally, including the onshore sector. The services provided in the offshore sector include manufacturer-independent turbine maintenance, troubleshooting, major component exchange, balance of plants (transition piece, foundation and related structures), offshore substations, expert opinions and technical inspections above and below water. Specialised teams from the in-house central technical controlling department are responsible for wind farm operation, logistics, technical management, operations monitoring (24/7 monitoring, network management and switching operations), marine coordination and site management.
Bundling services to span multiple technologies and wind farms in the medium term
“Our customers not only appreciate our highly flexible way of working and our technological expertise as well as the fact that we consistently take all aspects of safety into account. Our great advantage is that we coordinate and bundle individual jobs at the corresponding offshore clusters and wind farms in a technologically and logistically efficient way. The resulting savings in time, personnel and costs will also make a difference in the UK and will continue to drive offshore wind energy forward there too,” Carl Rasmus Richardsen said regarding the advantages of this way of working.
About Deutsche Windtechnik AG
Bremen-based Deutsche Windtechnik AG offers a Europe-wide single-source full technical maintenance package for wind turbines. The company operates both onshore and offshore. More than 7,000 wind turbines are serviced by approximately 1,900 employees throughout Europe as part of permanent maintenance contracts (basic and full maintenance onshore). Its system engineering focuses on Vestas, Siemens, Nordex, Senvion, Fuhrländer, Gamesa, Enercon and GE turbines.