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Gamesa in 144MW turbine deal for six wind farms in South Brazil

Spanish manufacturer signs contract to supply 72 2MW turbines to Eletrobras subsidiary for wind farms in southern Brazil state Rio Grande do Sul

Wind farm with sunset
The turbines from Gamesa will be supplied for six wind farms in state Rio Grande do Sul in southern Brazil

Spanish firm Gamesa has signed a 144MW deal to supply turbines to six wind farms in South Brazil. Gamesa, which has headquarters based in Zamudio, Spain, has signed a contract to supply 144MW of its 2MW turbines for the wind farms to Eolicas do Sul, a subsidiary of Brazil's national power company Eletrobras.

Gamesa will supply, transport, install and commission 72 of its G97-2.0MW turbines at the six wind farms in the Chui complex being developed in the state, Rio Grande do Sul, in southern Brazil. The Spanish wind turbine manufacturer will also perform required civil engineering work and provide the facility's operation and maintenance services for 15 years. 

The wind turbines will be made at Gamesa's local Camaçari factory. They are scheduled for delivery during the third quarter of 2014, with the facility expected to be commissioned during the first quarter of 2015.  

This is the second agreement between Gamesa and Eolicas do Sul, in the wake of a contract executed at the end of 2012 for the supply of 258MW of turbines to 10 wind farms in Brazil.

Edgard Corrochano, Gamesa’s south cone managing director, said the latest contract consolidates the Spanish firm as a leader in wind turbine manufacturing in Brazil.

Corrochano said: "This new contract consolidates Gamesa as one of the leading turbine makers in Brazil, a position underpinned by the combination of our global technological prowess with local know-how, coupled with our commitment to community development, creating jobs and generating wealth through local supply chain development.”

Since Gamesa started manufacturing wind turbines in Camaçari two years ago, the company said it has demonstrated its strategic commitment to the Brazilian market, one of its priority markets in the short and medium term.

With the latest agreement, since the beginning of its operations in Brazil, Gamesa has signed orders to supply more than 1.400MW of its wind turbines to projects being built in the BRIC country's windiest regions.

Gamesa also announced last month it ended 2013 as a leading wind turbine OEM (original equipment manufacturer) in Brazil and India and growth market Mexico. The Spanish wind power manufacturer was the leading turbine OEM in India and Mexico by market share and the number two player in Brazil.