enXco Service Corporation (eSC), an EDF Energies Nouvelles Company (Paris: EEN), has signed an 10-year Operations and Maintenance Agreement with Flat Water Wind Farm, LLC.
The 60 megawatt wind power project, located in Richardson County, Nebraska, consists of 40 GE 1.5 MW turbines. Flat Water Wind Farm, LLC is owned by Gestamp Wind North America, a subsidiary of Gestamp Renewables (Gestamp Corporation).
enXco Service Corporation will provide commissioning assistance during construction, and will provide on-site O&M for the balance of plant during the turbine warranty period, and full O&M post-warranty. In addition to operation and maintenance services provided at the site, 24/7 remote monitoring of the wind turbines will be provided from enXco Service Corp’s Operations Control Center located near Chandler, Minnesota.
“enXco Service Corporation is pleased to have been selected by Gestamp to provide O&M for the Flat Water project,” said Keith Smith, manager of business development. “Flat Water adds to our growing portfolio in the Central Region. We are thrilled to assist Gestamp Wind North America on their first project in the US.”
“We look forward to a long-term relationship between the Flat Water Wind Farm and the well qualified professionals at enXco,” said David Jones, chief technical officer at Gestamp. “One of Gestamp’s goals when beginning to develop projects in the United States was to provide a product with the highest level of energy production in a safe manner. We are confident that enXco is the right partner for pursuing this goal.”
Construction of the project commenced in Spring 2010; commercial operations is expected in December 2010.
enXco Service Corporation is an industry leader providing O&M services to more than 5,200 turbines nationwide representing 4,600 MW of wind energy. With over 300 full-time wind technicians employed, eSC has the resources and experience to optimize project availability and maximize revenues.
Gestamp Corporation, the parent company of Gestamp Renewables, is a multinational leader in Europe in the steel, automotive components and renewable energy sectors. It is currently present in over 25 countries throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia, with a hundred industrial plants. With a global workforce of more 20,000 employees, Gestamp Corporation had total revenues of over €4 billion in 2009.
Gestamp Wind expects to conclude 2010 with more than 300 MW of wind power worldwide. In 2013, it will have a portfolio of 900 MW in Spain, US, Poland, Belgium, Turkey and Brazil. Additionally, Gestamp Wind Steel will have a production capacity of 1,700 wind towers annually, through its factories in Spain, Brazil and Turkey.