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E.ON Energy Services (EES) announced today it has reached a significant milestone with the 100th deployment of its self-lifting crane on a maintenance job at the Loraine Wind Farm, near Sweetwater, Texas.

“Because of EON’s commitment to safe, cutting edge technology E.ON Energy Services was able to bring a lower cost solution to wind asset owners in the North American market,” said Kurt Anderson, Vice President of Business Development for EON Energy Services. “The resulting benefit to our customers has proven to be a game changer for EES.”

Continuous Innovation is a critical driver to the EES approach and use of the self-hoisting crane has helped customers cut costs up to 20 percent by reducing crane related costs and downtime. To get the most out of this equipment, EES has partnered with E.ON’s Major Components Team, one of the best in the business at major repairs and replacements for gearboxes, generators, bearings, and rotors.

“E.ON’s decision to deploy a self-erecting crane in North America was truly transformational for E.ON Energy Services,” said Kent Thornqvist, E.ON Vice President of Large Correctives. “Our ability to leverage the strength and capabilities of the EON organization allowed E.ON Energy Services to offer this cost saving approach to asset owners across the country.”

EES’s self-hoisting crane can work anywhere there is a usable road, requires no crane pad, comes in a single container and has a higher cut out wind speed than a traditional crane. In addition, EES is able to leverage E.ON’s global reach, applying new technologies and methods to improve fleet performance and profitability.