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Siemens secures service contract extension for two wind farms in Thailand

Published 18 October 2016

German industrial giant Siemens has agreed to improve the performance of two Thailand wind farms, totaling 207MW.

The company secured a long-term contract to continue providing service and maintenance for an additional 13 years at the Korat 1 and Korat 2 wind projects.

Siemens will install the Power Curve Upgrade, part of its Digital Services for Energy portfolio, to all 90 SWT-2.3-101 wind turbines.

The two plants, owned by subsidiaries of Thailand renewable energy firm Wind Energy Holding, entered service in 2012 and 2013, respectively.

The upgrades will increase electricity generation from the turbines by combining several features attached to the turbine’s blade and adjustments in the turbine’s controller software.

According to Siemens, these upgrades can increase power output between 2 to 5%.

Siemens Power Generation Services, Wind Power and Renewables business unit CEO Mark Albenze said: "This is an important milestone for Siemens and for Thailand's renewable energy sector as they work toward enhancing their energy independence.

"By upgrading and modernizing the wind turbines at Korat 1 and Korat 2 and by supporting both projects with our experienced and innovative service operations, we are helping extend the operational lifetime of these important clean energy-producing assets and we thank Wind Energy Holding for their continued confidence in Siemens Wind Service."

As Thailand’s demand for energy is increasing at a faster pace, the emphasis is now more on renewable sources. The country plans to have as much as 25% of energy being produced by the year 2021, from 12 % in 2014.

Image: Siemens extends long term service agreement for 207MW wind farm projects in Thailand. Photo: Courtesy of Siemens AG.