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Availon wins 124 MW wind farms maintenance contract in Italy

Thursday, Jan 09, 2014

Availon announced today that it has won a 124 MW maintenance contract for two Italian wind farms from Alpiq Holding Ltd., the Swiss energy group that owns and operates the two farms. The full service maintenance contract runs for a 10 year period, and covers 62 Gamesa wind turbines.

Both wind farms are located in Sicily. Availon have taken over responsibility for the maintenance of the wind turbines, after the expiry of the wind farms warranty period. The 40 MW Enpower 3 Wind farm consists of twenty 2 MW G8X Gamesa turbines, located in Cattolica Eraclea, in the Agrigento region. The 84 MW Aero-Rossa wind farm, located in Cammarata (AG), Castronovo di Sicilia (PA) and Vallelunga Pratameno (CL), close to Palermo, has been in service since September 2011. It consists of forty-two 2 MW G90 turbines.

The “Complete Modular” maintenance service agreement includes all planned and unplanned maintenance work except for main component failures, as well as technical and energetic availability guarantees. Alpiq, which fully owns the two wind farms, has secured an extensive spare parts inventory, which will be used be Availon to provide a maintenance service at the highest standard of efficiency and quality.

Markus Spitzer, Managing Director of Availon, commented: “This contract is a major success for Availon in Italy, where we currently service 280 wind turbines. This strengthens our leading position on the Italian wind energy market, in which we expect to experience continued growth.”

Source: Availon GmbH

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