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France to bring 108 MW of wind power to Brazil

French energy firm awarded contracts to help build four wind farms in South Brazil

Wind turbines near a beach outside Fortaleza, Brazil
Wind turbines near a beach outside Fortaleza, Brazil

France is boosting wind power in Brazil after a firm has been awarded turbine contracts to develop 108 MW of wind farms in the country. French firm Alstom has been awarded a contract by Odebrecht Energia to help build four wind farms in the South of Brazil.

The wind farms, Corredor do Senandes II, III and IV, and Vento Aragano I, which are located in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, will reach a total capacity of 108 MW.

Alstom will supply, install and commission 40 ECO 122 wind turbines, particularly suitable for the region’s wind conditions. Launched in 2011 by Alstom, this 2.7 MW wind turbine has the largest diameter rotor in this class segment.

In addition to the wind turbines, Alstom will be responsible for the supply and installation of electrical systems and substations throughout the complex.

The wind energy turbines will be manufactured at Alstom's new plant inaugurated in Bahia state in November last year to produce the most modern models of turbines. The wind farms are scheduled to start commercial operation in late 2013.

Alfonso Faubel, senior vice-president of Alstom Power’s Wind business, said: “By selecting us as its partner for its first wind contract, Odebrecht has given a strong indication of its confidence in the quality and reliability of Alstom’s products. This contract also confirms Alstom’s expansion in the wind market in Brazil.”

Alstom’s wind turbines are all based on the company’s unique Alstom PURE TORQUER rotor support concept, a unique mechanical project that protects the drive train and other components from deflection loads.

Present in Brazil for over 55 years, Alstom has installed almost 40% of the power generation equipment in the country. Since 2010, Alstom has been selected in Brazil to provide 400 MW in three wind projects.