Onshore and offshore service in a growing market
The development of the first subsidy-neutral offshore wind farms in the Netherlands as well as the rapid growth of the country's wind market have led to a rising demand for new maintenance and service concepts. The challenge is to be creative in the service concepts offered.
The Dutch market is not only developing rapidly, it is also seeing low power prices after ten or fifteen years of operation, and there is a drive to repower large sections of the existing onshore portfolio.
Deutsche Windtechnik B.V. established its Dutch business unit in Utrecht in 2015, creating a national base for serving the growing demand of operators and energy suppliers in the country by providing a qualified alternative to service by the manufacturer.
One year later, Deutsche Windtechnik joined forces with the Dutch-German group OutSmart, which focuses on direct offtake agreements and power plant management. By merging complementary fields of expertise, Deutsche Windtechnik can now provide an even broader range of services to meet the individual requirements and interests of our operators and investors.
Deutsche Windtechnik B.V. provides full service concepts for inspection and maintenance in the offshore market, both above and below water. By combining these services, we can provide individually tailored assessments of the vital elements of your Balance of Plant at reduced mobilisation costs.
In the area of onshore projects, we cooperate closely with Deutsche Windtechnik in Germany, thereby ensuring swift delivery of major components and special expert services. From its strategically positioned service station in Kruiningen, Deutsche Windtechnik is able to offer its full scope of services in an area where wind developments are expanding rapidly. Kruiningen is located very close to Vlissingen, which is the port of choice for multiple large offshore wind parks currently under development, and Deutsche Windtechnik B.V. is optimally positioned to play a major role in these projects.
During the first three months of 2021, Deutsche Windtechnik Netherlands signed four new contracts for inspection and maintenance of the balance of plant at four different offshore wind farms (OWF): Gemini Windpark, Prinses Amaliawindpark, Eneco Luchterduinen as well as the new Hollandse Kust Zuid offshore wind farm.
Deutsche Windtechnik has demonstrated its ability to successfully carry out inspections below water using ROVs in offshore clustering projects for several years now. The company can also provide repairs below water, if requested. Deutsche Windtechnik has a cooperation with Bluestream Offshore B.V. to perform inspections, repairs and maintenance work below water using divers.
The services provided by Bluestream are centred around surface-demand diving, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), rope access and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The company complements the subsea inspection services provided by Deutsche Windtechnik with ROVs and other diving services.
As an independent fund manager, our company was interested in being able to plan maintenance for the wind farm with long term foresight, transparency and manage the risks. This is precisely what Deutsche Windtechnik was able to offer us with the full maintenance contract we negotiated.