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Gamesa signs deal to supply 210MW of turbines for Brazil wind projects

Spanish turbine manufacturer Gamesa signs supply contract with leading Brazil wind energy developer Casa dos Ventos Energias Renováveis

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Gamesa will supply, transport, install and commission its turbines to the Chapada wind farm in Brazil

Spanish turbine manufacturer Gamesa has signed a 210MW deal to develop wind projects in Brazil. Gamesa, which is based in Zamudio, Spain, has signed the 210MW supply contract with Casa dos Ventos Energias Renováveis, one of Brazil's leading wind energy developers, responsible for capacity of close to 18,000MW.

Under the terms of the agreement, Gamesa will supply, transport, install and commission 105 G97-2.0MW turbines at the Chapada wind farm being developed in Chapada do Araripe in the state of Piauí. It has also signed an agreement in principal to manage the farm's maintenance for five years.

The deal continues to consolidate Gamesa's presence in Brazil having signed contracts for the supply of over 1,000MW of its turbines to date for various wind projects being built in the BRIC country's windiest regions. This includes Gamesa signing an agreement with Consórcio Morrinhos to supply 150MW of turbines to develop five wind farms in Brazil in April this year.

Delivery of the wind turbines, which will be made at Gamesa's factory in Camaçari, is scheduled for some time after the first quarter of 2015, with the facility slated for completion in the second half of that year.

Since Gamesa started up industrial production in Brazil nearly two years ago, the company has secured supply agreements for over 1,000MW. At year-end 2012, Gamesa had already installed 96MW of capacity in Brazil.

Edgard Corrochano, Gamesa's southern cone managing director, said: "This new contract consolidates Gamesa as one of the leading wind 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.

"Since we set up our new productive centre in Camaçari, Gamesa has demonstrated its strategic commitment to Brazil, one of its priority markets in the short and medium term, by focusing its resources and efforts on development of our supply chain and sharing our know-how with local suppliers," he added.

Clecio Eloy, director of Casa dos Ventos, said: "This project confirms Casa Dos Ventos as one of the leading players in the wind energy field and cements a strong and committed relationship with Gamesa. The interaction between the two companies contributed to an optimised use of the wind resource in Chapada, maximizing the energy-output of these wind farms. By maintaining the partnership with Gamesa in future projects, we are confident that we will add value to our pipeline of over 18,000 MW."