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French firm in €270m manufacturing deal to develop wind in Brazil

Alstom to supply and install over 120 low-wind turbines for Queiroz Galvao

The EU-BRIC deal will provide a significant boost for low-wind in Brazil

A French firm has signed a EUR 270m deal to build up wind power in Brazil. Alstom, in France, has signed two contracts with Queiroz Galvão, one of the main infrastructure groups in Brazil to supply over 120 wind turbines for the BRIC country.

The contracts cover the manufacturing, delivery, installation and commissioning of ECO 122 wind turbines in two wind complexes, located in the North-East of Brazil. It also covers operation and maintenance of the turbines for 10 years.

Marcos Costa, Alstom Brazil country president, said: “We strongly believe the Brazilian & Latin-American electricity market will continue to grow in the forthcoming years. Alstom is committed to further providing its innovative technology and expertise, as illustrated by these new contracts.”

The ECO 122, a 2.7MW onshore wind turbine, is the latest evolution of Alstom’s proven ECO 100 turbine platform.
 
The wind turbines will be produced at Alstom manufacturing unit in Camaçari, Bahia State, which opened in November 2011. The factory will have a 600MW output capacity per year.

Alfonso Faubel, senior vice president wind, of Alstom Renewable Power Sector, said, of the turbine: “Research and innovation are at the heart of our activities. Alstom is developing a new generation of wind turbines to increase value for its customers.

“With longer blades and 20 per cent-larger swept area, the ECO 122 can capture more power in a more efficient way than previous machines,” Faubel said. It has already set a new standard for low wind sites around the globe.”