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French firm confirms plans to construct 90MW wind power project in Brazil

Voltalia announces aim to develop three 30MW wind farms in Brazil’s northeast using Spanish wind turbines

The wind farms will be constructed in Areia Branca and Sao Miguel do Gostoso in the Rio Grande do Norte region of Brazil

French firm Voltalia has confirmed plans to construct three wind farms in Brazil totalling 90MW. The company will develop the wind farms in Areia Branca and Sao Miguel do Gostoso in the Rio Grande do Norte region of Brazil, which will each have a minimum of 30MW capacity. Construction is set to start in August 2013.

Sébastien Clerc, Voltalia CEO, said: "We are delighted to announce the start of this project confirms our ambition in Brazil and is part of the time we have set for the overall construction program of 350MW announced in mid-2012."

Spanish-based company Acciona Windpower will provide the wind turbines and towers for the wind farms. They will provide 210MW of wind turbines for the project. Areia Branca will have 30 units of AW 166/3000 and Sao Miguel do Gostoso will have a total of 40 units of both AW 166/3000 and AW 125/3000 installed on top of 120m-high concrete towers. The company said, with the largest nameplate capacities and root diameters in the local market, the wind turbines are "specifically well suited for the winds of Rio Grande do Norte, achieving the highest energy yield with fewer turbines."

Brazilian companies Cortez Engenharia and WEG Equipamentos Eletricos will both be responsible for the civil engineering and electrical infrastructure respectively.

The news is a further boost to Brazil's wind power economy, with Spanish firm Gamesa signing a 150MW wind deal with Consórcio Morrinhos in April 2013. The deal involved the supply of wind turbines to develop five wind farms in the BRIC country.