Wind equipment makers may be gearing up for a tussle with project developers, as the latter abandon operations and maintenance (O&M) contracts with manufacturers to maintain wind farms themselves, saying they are dissatisfied with the performance of certain equipment makers.
O&M contracts have traditionally been awarded to equipment makers, who get a substantial part of their revenue from such contracts, although it varies across companies.
Renew Power, the biggest independent power producer (IPP) in the country, has just set up its own O&M unit. The unit hopes to gradually maintain all of its machines – those installed already as well as those to be commissioned in future – on its own.
“We have begun doing a few hundred megawatts of O&M ourselves,” said Sumant Sinha, Chairman and Managing Director, Renew Power, which has about 4,000 MW of wind energy capacity. Read More