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Spanish manufacturer opens its first wind power assembly plant in Brazil

Acciona inaugurates wind turbine component manufacturing plant in Bahia set to produce 135 turbine hubs a year

Dedicated to the assembly of hubs for wind turbines, the plant is located in Bahia and has a production capacity of 135 units a year

A subsidiary of Spanish manufacturer Acciona has opened its first wind turbine assembly plant in Brazil. Following reports from Bloomberg that the facility was to open last week, Acciona Windpower has officially inaugurated the wind turbine hub assembly plant in Simões Filho, Bahia. This is Acciona’s first industrial initiative in Brazil, aimed at supplying wind turbines to the country's fast-growing wind energy sector.

The assembly plant will produce 135 hubs a year for the 3MW AW-3000 wind turbine, the biggest model designed and manufactured by Acciona Windpower. The main function of the hub is to join the blades to the power train and transfer the energy captured by the blades.

The plant will induce 180 indirect jobs in companies supplying components to the plant. Acciona Windpower will also source blades and towers from Brazilian manufacturers, leading to the creation of some 500 additional jobs. In total, Acciona’s industrial initiative is expected to support a total of 700 direct and indirect jobs.

Committed to Brazil wind

The new plant was officially opened by the governor of Bahia, Jaques Wagner. Acciona was represented by the director-general of its energy division, Rafael Mateo, and other executives of the group.

Mateo said: "The opening of the plant is the start of an industrial project that shows great promise in Brazil. Our wind power technology, proven in four continents, is reliable and competitive and has awoken great interest in Brazil. Acciona will assemble wind turbines with a high level of locally-made components. We are proud to be contributing to the development a new industrial sector in Brazil, based on renewable energy technology."

Acciona Windpower said it is firmly committed to Brazil. The company expects its new industrial venture to improve its competitive position within the industry.

The Simões Filho plant is ACCIONA Windpower's fifth manufacturing facility. The company has three wind turbine assembly plants - two in Spain and one in the US. The company also has a blade plant in Spain.

Building BRIC wind

Acciona Windpower recently signed its first contract with CPFL Renováveis to supply 40 wind turbines, totalling 120MW capacity, for its Atlántica wind farm in Rio Grande do Sul, in the south of Brazil.

ACCIONA has already signed a contract with a company in Fortaleza to produce blades for the wind turbines that will be installed in Brazil.

Building up wind power in the BRIC countries has been a big focus for Acciona over the last year. The company opened its third installation and biggest wind farm in India to date in May 2012.