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INDUSTRY REVIEWONSHORE RENEWABLE POWER GENERATION


Collett & Sons hauls a 52.8-m-long blade to Crook Hill Wind Farm.


life, which is 20-25 years. “The industry is now in the process of


decommissioning the older and smaller installations and replacing them with more powerful nacelles and turbines. That move is already under way, mainly in countries like Spain, Denmark and Germany where the first generation onshore wind farms were established,” he said. Mikael Pedersen, global segment leader,


renewables, industrial projects division/freight forwarding for Geodis Denmark, echoed those observations; the relocation of dismantled onshore wind turbines is now a part of the company’s renewables business portfolio. “There is a trend for increasingly older and


less productive turbines in mature markets to be relocated to other sites to make room for newer generation units,” he confirmed. For example, Carlos Moreno,


Repowering and relocation


With the first generation of wind farms at the end of their life, there are opportunities for replacement and relocation work. But just how big an opportunity this will provide is open to debate, writes Phil Hastings.


and occasionally relocation of older turbines. Javier Martinez, executive director for


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heavy lifting, transport and installation services provider ALE, which is active in the onshore wind project industry worldwide through its ALE – Wind Services business, explained: “The first generation of onshore wind farms, which started operations in the mid-1990s, are coming to the end of their


January/February 2019


n addition to the development of new onshore wind farms, some project forwarders and heavy lift providers are also now looking to pick up more work relating to the replacement, dismantling


In 2017, there was a project where 23 small Vestas 34 kW turbines were replaced by nine Gamesa 2.5 MW turbines which, even with a reduced number of turbines, gave the site more than double the generating capacity. – David Collett, Collett & Sons


commercial manager for ALE – Wind Services, pointed to a project the company is currently undertaking in Spain. “That operation involves replacing over 90 small and very old turbines with 12 newer generation turbines. We did not get involved in the dismantling of the old turbines but we are installing the new ones,” he said. David Collett, managing director of


Collett & Sons, provided another example of this emerging project logistics sector, this time in the UK. “In 2017, there was a project where 23 small Vestas 34 kW turbines were replaced by nine Gamesa 2.5MW turbines which, even with a reduced number of turbines, gave the site more than double the generating capacity,” he explained.


‘Relatively small sector ‘ However, Collett was cautious about the likely scale of the onshore wind turbine replacement market in the UK. While he sees the ‘repowering’ of operational wind farms as a credible reason to remain in the onshore wind sector, he also sees it as a relatively small sector compared with new project development. Globally, though, some forwarders are


more optimistic about likely prospects, suggesting that turbine replacement/upgrade projects in a number of countries should provide additional business opportunities for them over the next few years. “It adds another dimension when it


comes to generating new business in the onshore wind industry, one which is definitely attractive and an area which we are looking into more at the present time,” commented Nicolai Andersen, global sector head, renewable energy, for DHL Industrial Projects.


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