In an effort to extend services to its valued customers, Gamesa Wind Turbines has set up a new Integrated Service and Monitoring Centre at Red Hills, near Chennai, in the south Indian city of Tamil Nadu. Gamesa India is global technological leader in the wind industry. The new composite facility has been equipped to handle all the functions of Gamesa’s service portfolios under one roof , namely operations management, technical back-up office, spares and logistics management, control and training centre and repair circuit outlet.
According to Ramesh Kymal , Chairman and Managing Director of Gamesa Wind Turbines , “We are extremely proud to have this new state-of-the-art facility inaugurated keeping in line with the aggressive growth plan of Gamesa India. This Centre would give us tremendous possibilities to serve our customers better and manage their assets in a more efficient and sustainable way”.
Around 932 wind turbines which have been installed in India and neighbouring Sri Lanka by Gamesa India will be monitored and controlled round-the-clock – all round the year. Also, as and when new installations get added up they would also be hooked up to this control Centre.
Gamesa India is exploring the feasibility of covering geographical areas beyond India and set up an advanced monitoring prognosis Centre. The vital data collected through Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) network would facilitate this mission.
As more and more wind farms across the countries are being developed at very remote locations often far away from the urban hubs and conditions being unfavorable to work during nights, this control Centre will help monitor and operate the wind turbines remotely with very less human interventions. This will improve the availability of turbines for power production at the installation besides helping in predictive maintenance.
Keeping in view of the higher capacity variants which Gamesa plans to offer in the years to come, Head- Services of Gamesa India, P. Rajenthiran, explained that the training centre will help to upgrade the skills of their engineers in advance.
Now that the wind market has shifted to a new market segment of Independent Power Producers (IPPs) whose core business is selling power, the strategy is to set Gamesa service as a key differentiator in the renewable energy market and sustain the same.
Every customer of Gamesa has entrusted them with the long term contracts to manage their assets and Gamesa wants to partner with all their customers for the entire product life cycle and beyond.
Also, Gamesa service has started to look into other areas to serve the market such as Multi-technology business (Providing Operation and Maintenance of other makes of turbines) and Turbine life extension services for select models of other turbines manufactured by different makers.
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