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Acciona to open second wind plant to manufacture turbines in Brazil

Spanish wind firm will install plant next year to assemble nacelles for its 3MW wind turbines in Bahia state

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The Acciona assembly plant will manufacture wind turbine nacelles in Brazil. Image: Acciona

Spain's Acciona has announced it will open a second assembly plant to manufacture wind turbines in Brazil next year. Acciona Windpower, a subsidiary of the Spanish firm Acciona, has confirmed it will install the plant in Bahia state to assemble nacelles for its 3MW wind turbines. The announcement follows the company opening its first wind plant in the BRIC country - an assembly plant for wind turbine hubs also based in Bahia - in March.

The assembly plant will be put into service in the last quarter of 2014. The company announced its plans for the plant at the Brazil Windpower trade show in Rio de Janeiro.

The new plant will have the capacity to produce 100 units of its AW3000 turbine. Acciona Windpower said the turbine, which is the most powerful in the company's range, is available in models with rotor diameters of up to 125m for towers up to 140m high.

Patxi Landa, director of global business development at Acciona Windpower, said: "This marks an important milestone in the company's strategy to reinforce its industrial presence in the Brazilian wind power market – where we hope to play a very significant role as a supplier of wind turbines. We have a top notch, competitive, tried and tested product in the AW3000, and we are confident it will be a success in Brazil."

Brazil is building its reputation as a prominent wind power nation, with European firms choosing to build up business in the BRIC country. This includes French company Alstom, which officially opened its 350MW wind tower factory in Rio Grande do Sul in August. The Brazilian government has also recently approved a $40.5m loan for the construction of five wind power projects in the city of Trairi, Ceara.