Munich Re offers serial loss cover for REpower's offshore wind turbines

Last Updated: Wed, Dec 05, 2012 03:52 hrs

Global reinsurer Munich Re has signed a deal with wind energy turbine company REpower, a subsidiary of Suzlon Energy, to offer serial loss cover for the latter’s offshore units.

A corresponding cover for a North Sea wind energy farm was signed between the two entities. Munich Re will pay for the repair or replacement of defective turbines or individual components, if there are serial losses affecting a number of elements such as the gearbox, the rotor or the tower.

Munich Re will also cover the substantial costs involved in deploying the special vessels required. The five-year cover includes retrofits carried out on units in which defective parts have been installed, even if no loss or damage has been sustained. One of Munich Re’s speciality primary insurers is involved in providing this insurance solution, which was developed in conjunction with Nordwest Assekuranz.

Munich Re explained that because of the serial loss cover, REpower will be able to secure its guarantees, as the cost of repairing turbines at sea can be extremely high. “The serial loss cover also facilitates the financing of major offshore projects by giving investors more security. Before the cover was concluded, Munich Re carried out a detailed survey of REpower’s manufacturing processes,” it said.

Marcus A Wassenberg, chief financial officer of REpower, said, “Serial loss cover for offshore wind farms gives our customers certainty regarding the funding of major projects, and the insurance cover and the guarantee Munich Re provides with it testify to the quality of our wind energy units.”

According to Munich Re Board member Thomas Blunck, with innovative solutions like serial loss cover, the insurer had created investor security and will help new renewable energy technologies gain a foothold in the market.

Munich Re has developed a number of special renewable energy covers in recent years.

“In the offshore energy sector, in addition to the serial loss insurance agreed for the first time, cover is also being developed relating to delays that may affect offshore projects if vessels cannot be deployed due to bad weather conditions. In addition, Munich Re already has covers to insure the risk of loss of income if there is less wind than projected,” the company said in a statement.

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