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GE awarded 545MW turbine order for 26 wind farms in Brazil

US power group secures 63 per cent of total capacity in Brazil wind auction to supply turbines in states Rio Grande do Sul, Bahia and Piauí

Wind farm in Brazil
The wind auction was held to meet rising demand for power in Brazil in 2016

US energy developer GE has won 545MW of orders for turbines across 26 wind farms in Brazil's A-3 auction this week. The total amount of energy auctioned was 867MW with GE securing 63 per cent of the auction capacity. The Brazilian government held the auction, which took place on 18 November, to meet rising demand for power in 2016.

GE will provide 1.7-100 and 1.85-82.5 turbines for wind farms developed by Casa dos Ventos, Eletrosul, Contour Global, CEEE, PEC, Rio Energy and Chesf in the Brazilian states of Rio Grande do Sul, Bahia and Piauí. GE will also service the turbines for 10 years as part of an operations and maintenance agreement that includes an availability guarantee for the 26 wind farms.

Between this week’s auction and the reserve power auction that took place in August, GE has secured a total of 1GW of commitments for wind energy. In the November auction, the new wind capacity was contracted at an average rate of BRL 124/MWh (USD 54/MWh).

Jean-Claude Robert, general manager of Latin America for GE’s renewable energy business, said: “GE has 1GW of installed wind capacity in Brazil. We’re currently installing another 400MW of wind, and with this year’s auctions, we have secured an additional 1GW of commitments. We are committed to bringing clean and reliable wind energy to Brazil, and our technology, combined with our proven execution track record, makes us one of the leading providers in the region.”

In September, GE announced that it had installed its 500th wind turbine in Brazil. The 1.6MW turbine was installed at DESA’s 38MW Eurus project in João Camara in the state of Rio Grande do Norte.

Western firms are continuing to build up Brazil’s wind power sector. The news from GE follows Spanish company Gamesa signing a deal earlier this month to develop 210MW of wind projects in Brazil.