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Vestas reveals multibrand service expansion with Croatian order

A few days after its rival's formal name change, the Danish OEM announces a service deal on five wind turbines.

Photo: Senvion/jan.oelker@gmx.de

In terms of scope, Vestas' announcement on Friday is hardly among the sort required by stock exchange regulations. The wind turbine manufacturer discloses a service order of its second-largest caliber, AOM 4000, for five turbines in Croatia with a combined capacity of 10.25 MW.

The customer is German developer Baywa.r.e., albeit indirectly. The contract is entered with Vjetroelektrana Orjak, a Croatian company owned by the former's subsidiary, Ecowind Handels- und Wartungs.

Although the real message from Vestas must be read between the lines, as the service deal pertains five machines made by the now-defunct German OEM, Senvion.

"Enlarging our Senvion service fleet in Europe, we are proud that Vjetroelektrana Orjak d.o.o has chosen Vestas as service partner and we look forward to providing added value to our customer’s wind park lifecycle," writes Nils de Baar, president of Vestas Northern & Central Europe, who notes that the Danish company now services more than 8 GW in wind turbines made by other OEMs.

This announcement is released less than two days after Senvion formally ceased to exist under its own name. Wednesday, Siemens Gamesa revealed that its acquisition is formally rebranded and now files under Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy Service.

Senvion's European service fleet was perhaps the most substantial asset that Siemens Gamesa purchased from its failed competitor last year. The deal also included IP rights meant to secure further service agreements for Senvion machines deployed around the world.

This particular insight, among other things, was indicated by Siemens Gamesa back in May, when the group won the task of servicing Senvion turbines at Australia's Murra Warra facility. A few days later, Vestas also disclosed a service deal for 23 Senvion units in Australia.

English Edit: Daniel Frank Christensen

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