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Power giant supplies wind tech to Brazil

Swedish-Swiss ABB inks USD 55m deal with Brazil to provide wind power technology

Electricity demand in Brazil is set to require 150,000 MW of generation capacity by 2020, in addition to development of infrastructure and energy distribution networks

Swedish-Swiss power giant ABB will supply Brazil with wind power technology, the firm said in statement on Thursday, as demand grows in the country’s renewable energy sector.

ABB has secured a USD 55m deal to provide Latin America’s power house with three new substations and transmission infrastructure for its utility Eólicas do Sul.

ABB will supply and install the substations in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, bordering Uruguay. These include two turnkey 34.5/138 kilovolt (kV) substations, one 138/500 kV substation, step-up power transformers and air- and gas-insulated switchgear.

ABB will also supply and install two 138 kV overhead transmission lines to connect a new 400 MW wind power plant to the national electricity grid.
The project will be completed by 2014, ABB said.

“These substations will help to integrate wind energy and boost power supplies to meet growing industrial, commercial and residential demand,” said ABB head of power systems division Brice Koch. “They will also reinforce the transmission grid and help improve reliability, efficiency and power quality.”

Brazil currently has over 1500 megawatts (MW) of installed wind capacity with another 7000 MW planned for the next five years.

The largest consumer of electricity in Latin America – roughly 100,000 MW of installed capacity – Brazil is currently looking to expand its investments in the renewable energy sector.

Electricity demand in Brazil is set to require 150,000 MW of generation capacity by 2020, in addition to development of infrastructure and energy distribution networks.