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258MW Spanish turbines set for ten wind farms in Brazil

Gamesa’s contract win to supply and install 129 turbines is one of Brazil's largest orders for wind

Gamesa will supply and install 129 of its wind turbines to Brazil

Close to 260MW of Spanish-developed turbines will be installed across ten wind farms in Brazil from next year. Gamesa, a global technology leader in the wind energy business based in Spain, has signed a contract to deliver the turbines with a total capacity of 258MW, making it one of Brazil's largest orders for wind turbines.

The EUR 340m agreement calls for Gamesa to supply and install a total of 129 of its G97-2.0MW turbines and perform operation and maintenance (O&M) services on the machines for a period of 20 years. Gamesa plans to begin installing the turbines late in the first half of 2013 and complete the process in the first quarter of 2014. Brazilian firm Santa Vitória do Palmar Holding will develop the turbines in the state of Río Grande do Sul in southern Brazil.

The wind farms' construction will generate more than 1,500 jobs, both direct and indirect. When they are all in operation, the 10 wind farms will generate around 957,000MWh of electricity per year, enough to meet the annual energy needs of 510,000 Brazilian households. Moreover, the sites will prevent atmospheric annual emissions equivalent to 370,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.

Gamesa has obtained contracts in recent months to supply a total of 652MW of turbine capacity in Brazil to projects under development in three of the country's most wind-rich regions. These are Ceará, Bahía and Río Grande do Sul.

The latest contract is a significant milestone for the company because it is one of Brazil's largest-ever orders for wind turbines. It is also the first contract signed with a subsidiary of the country's national power company, which accounts for 36 per cent of Brazil's electricity, and operating in Brazil, Uruguay, Peru, Nicaragua, Argentina and Venezuela.

Edgard Corrochano, Gamesa's mercosur regional directorm said: "This order underscores Gamesa's commitment to the Brazilian wind market, which has priority status in our global development plans. We continue to make progress in Brazil with a business strategy combining our global leadership with local know-how; the cementing of our position as a leading and competitive manufacturer in terms of cost, flexibility and reliability; and a commitment to community development as illustrated by job and wealth creation.”