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EU-BRIC joint venture in 90MW wind turbine first for Brazil

Brazilian and Spanish firm announce first supply of turbines designed for BRIC country’s prevailing winds

The WEG joint venture turbines will add to Brazil’s growing wind energy sector

A Spanish and Brazilian joint venture is to develop its first wind turbines for the BRIC country in a 90MW deal. Firm WEG has announced its joint venture with Spanish group M. Torres Olvega (MTOI) will supply and manufacture 2.3MW turbines designed for Brazil’s wind energy market.

WEG said the turbines consider the characteristics of the prevailing winds in the Brazil. They will have 2.3MW capacity and will incorporate important advantages over equipment currently available in the market, both in terms of energy efficiency as in economic viability. The construction of the first prototype has already started and the field tests and certification of the turbine should occur by mid 2013.

The turbines, which have 90MW total capacity, will be manufactured at WEG’s Jaraguá do Sul, Santa Catarina plant in Brazil. The machines will be installed over the next two years in wind farms located in the Northeast of Brazil. They are expected to become operational by January 2016.

Harry Schmelzer Jr, WEG chief executive officer, said: “We are entering this market with a product developed for local conditions of wind energy generation, which require specific solutions. Our strong presence in Brazil as supplier of energy generation equipment from renewable sources, combined with the latest technology, makes us confident that we have a very competitive product.”