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Alstom in €25m wind turbine supply deal for South Brazil

French power giant signs contract to deliver its 2+MW wind turbines to Pontal wind project in Rio Grande do Sul State

The ECO 122 wind turbine
Alstom said delivering the ECO 122 wind turbines to Brazil aims to create new business opportunities for low wind sites

French power giant Alstom has signed a EUR 25m deal to supply its 2+MW wind turbines to South Brazil. Alstom, which is a multinational conglomerate in power generation based in Levallois-Perret, France, will supply the 2.7MW wind turbines to South Brazil's Pontal wind power project.

The company has signed the contract with Enerplan, a power company from the Brazilian group Oleoplan. The news follows Alstom opening a wind tower factory in Brazil in August.

The wind power equipment will be installed in a new wind farm located in Viamão, city of Rio Grande do Sul State. The commissioning of the Pontal wind power project is scheduled at the end of 2015.

Marcos Costa, Alstom's VP of renewable power and thermal power in Latin America, said: "This new partnership demonstrates the confidence of our customers in our products and services and confirms our growth in the wind market in Latin America. Just days after the launch of our first wind tower factory in the region, we already have achieved a strategic position, with two important contracts to be supported by the unit, sustaining our local strategy".

Alstom will supply 10 units of ECO 122 wind turbines, generating 2.7MW each. The company said the ECO 122 wind turbine has the biggest rotor diameter within the 2MW to 3MW onshore turbine segment. It combines high power and high capacity factor to boost energy yield in low wind regions, which "fits perfectly with the Brazilian wind conditions."

The nacelles of the wind turbines will be manufactured at Alstom's plant in Bahia State and the towers will be produced at Alstom's new facility in Canoas. Alstom will also be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the wind turbines for five years.

At a wind speed of 7.5 m/s, the turbine delivers a net wind farm capacity factor of up to 42 per cent, equivalent to 3,600 full-load hours each year, Alstom said. Its 122-m rotor diameter and swept area2 of 11,700 m2 aims to maximise the harvest of energy and the return on investment to create new business opportunities for customers from low wind sites, Alstom said.