ENERCON, the leading German wind turbine manufacturer, has opened its first service station in Northern Ireland to support over 200 MW of power generation from ENERCON wind turbines.
A team of 3 service engineers and technical staff with the anticipation of a significant growth throughout the year will be based at its new service station in Coleraine to monitor and support the operation of ENERCON turbines at currently 12 wind farms across Northern Ireland.
ENERCON is a pioneer in the design of direct drive wind turbines that operate to very high levels of reliability under a wide range of conditions.
Commenting, Wilke Janssen, ENERCON Head of Sales in Ireland, said:
“We have a growing fleet of wind turbines across currently 12 wind farms and more under construction with a total capacity of around 200 MW which are supporting Northern Ireland’s energy security and helping to moderate electricity prices for businesses and consumers.
“Our team based out of our new Coleraine service station will monitor and service ENERCON turbines at amongst others Gaelectric’s Dunbeg, Carn Hill, Cloonty, Monnaboy, Inishtive and Cregganconroe wind farms. These are skilled engineering and technical jobs, which are critical to the operation of wind farms using ENERCON turbines. These jobs are another example of the positive economic spin-off arising from the renewable energy sector which Northern Ireland is and will benefit from as Gaelectric and other wind farm developers roll out their portfolio of wind projects in the years ahead.”
Commenting, Kevin Daly, Chief Operating Officer of Gaelectric Onshore Wind, said:
“Gaelectric has 183 MW of wind generation on the island of Ireland with four of our projects, representing 80 MW of power, located in Northern Ireland. All of Gaelectric’s operating wind farms are generating power using ENERCON turbines. Significant employment and other benefits have been created by these wind farms directly and indirectly during construction. Now we are seeing ongoing employment located in Northern Ireland from both Gaelectric and ENERCON in monitoring and servicing these operating wind farms. This is in addition to the local government rates and community benefit funds paid from the revenue streams that come from these wind farms.”