The Spanish manufacturer Acciona Windpower (AWP) has just announced its “seventh wind turbine supply contract for Brazil”. The turbines are to be installed at the Santa Vitória do Palmar Wind Farm owned by Atlantic Energias Renováveis, who ordered another 153 MW from AWP just a few months ago. [The photo shows Acciona wind turbines in Brazil].
Acciona Windpower, a subsidiary of Acciona specialising in the design, manufacture and sale of wind turbines, has just announced in Brazil “a total 54MW wind turbine supply contract with the Atlantic Energias Renováveis renewable energy generation group”. The contract includes the supply and installation of 18 AW 125/3000 turbines, capable of producing 3 megawatts with a 125 metre diameter rotor. The turbines, which are to be installed in the Santa Vitória do Palmar Wind Energy Complex in Rio Grande do Sul are the largest model in the AWP range and will be fitted on 120 metre high concrete towers.
3 MW aero-generators
As Acciona reports, this contract comes on the back of a previous agreement entered into with Atlantic ER last June for the supply of 51 AWP turbines (153 MW) for the same wind farm. This new contract stems from the latest auction (A-3 2014) of power generation capacity organised by the Federal Government of Brazil. With the contract announced today – the statement explains – Acciona Windpower has signed a total of seven turbine supply contracts in Brazil, “and is in the closing stages of an additional contract for 117 MW, which will enable the company to reach the overall figure of 837 MW in Brazil, the company’s main market at present for 3MW wind turbines”.
Acciona now has one factory in Brazil for bushings and one more producing concrete segments for wind turbine towers, and the Group has announced the opening in the last quarter of 2014 of a gondola assembly plant. The Spanish company explains that “we cover the supply of major turbine parts, such as blades and other minor components, with local businesses”. According to their calculations, “at present, the company’s activity in the country has created or consolidated over a thousand direct and indirect jobs in Brazil”. Atlantic Energias Renováveis S.A. is a joint venture between three companies: Actis, from Britain (60%), Pattac from Brazil (24%), and Spain’s Servinoga S.L. (16%).