Ingeteam expands O&M operations

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Spanish electrical engineering group Ingeteam has signed four new PV operation and maintenance contracts in Panama, the United Kingdom, Honduras and Uruguay, opening new markets for the company in the latter two countries.

Ingeteam’s latest deals expand its operations in Latin America, where the Bilbao-based company has become a market leader in both O&M services, with 1.9 GW, and with regard to the number of installed PV inverters and wind power converters.

Ingeteam last year opened a new subsidiary in Panama, where the company was already working on the country’s first wind farm – reportedly the largest in Central America — carrying out O&M work on the wind turbines and substation. It is now overseeing O&M services for a PV plant in Veraguas, located in northern Panama.

With the entry of Ingeteam Service into Uruguay and Honduras, which have made major commitment to renewable energy use, the company said it was now strategically positioned in the renewable energies sector, offering an integrated maintenance service to the market with the possibility of offering global solutions to its customers. It will now handle O&M services for PV plants in Cholueta, Honduras, and Salto, Uruguay. Ingeteam has likewise supplied protection and control equipment for substations at wind and PV farms in both countries. In Uruguay, it has also worked with the state-owned UTE power company since 2004.

In the U.K., Ingeteam was already performing O&M work at a number of facilities and has also supplied PV inverters to one of the country’s largest PV plants, located in the county of Lincolnshire. It will now handle O&M services for a PV plant in the English town of Shrewsbury. The company has also supplied protection and control equipment to transmission substations at PV plants in Everley and Canworthy, which began operation in 2014, in addition to equipment for electricity companies assessed by the U.K.’s Energy Networks Association (ENA).

Ingeteam maintains a total of 6.5 GW of installed power in both solar and wind energy generating plants. In addition to Panama, the company operates subsidiaries in 16 other countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia, including the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, South Africa, India, China, Australia and throughout Europe.