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Spanish wind giant in 150MW turbine deal for Brazil

Gamesa will fit 75 G97-2.0MW turbines at five wind farms being built by Consórcio Morrinhos

In two years Gamesa has secured wind contracts in Brazil covering capacity of almost 1,000MW

Spanish wind power giant Gamesa is to supply 150MW of turbines to Brazil. The company has signed an agreement with Consórcio Morrinhos to supply the turbines to develop five wind farms in the BRIC country. Gamesa said the deal marks a major milestone in the company's bid to become one of the leading wind turbine makers in Brazil.

The scope of the agreement includes the supply, installation and commissioning of 75 Gamesa G97 2.0MW wind turbines in five 30MW wind farms, which Consórcio Morrinhos is planning to build in the town of Campo Formoso in Bahia state. Consórcio Morrinhos is a conglomerate is made up of Atlantic Energias Renováveis S.A. and Casa dos Ventos, one of Brazil's biggest wind energy developers.

Edgard Corrochano, Gamesa regional director for the Southern Cone Region, said: "This contract reinforces Gamesa's strategic commitment to Brazil, one of our priority growth markets for the near and medium term. Gamesa's consolidation as one of the leading turbine makers in Brazil is underpinned by a solid business strategy that combines our global technological prowess with local know-how and our commitment to community development by creating jobs and generating wealth by purchasing and allying with local suppliers".

Marcelo Marder, managing director of Atlantic Renovaveis do Brasil S.A., added: "This project consolidates our company as one of the country's leading energy players and marks the start of a firm and committed long-term relationship with Gamesa. We believe in Gamesa's technology and its ability to deliver, thanks to its local presence".

Gamesa expects to start installing the wind turbines in the second half of 2014 and finish by the first half of 2015. Under the agreement, Gamesa will also handle operations and maintenance at all five wind farms for a period of 15 years.

The wind farms' construction will generate 870 direct and indirect jobs. Once operational, they will produce around 727,000MWh of electricity a year, equivalent to the annual power requirement of 297,000 Brazilian households, and prevent the emission of over 215,000 tonnes of carbon a year.

Wind contracts to supply 1,000MW in Brazil

Since Gamesa began on-the-ground production in Brazil almost two years ago, it has rapidly consolidated its position in the BRIC country, securing contracts encompassing the supply of 936MW of capacity in the country's top three wind-rich regions: Ceará, Bahía and Río Grande do Sul. At year-end 2012, Gamesa had already installed 96MW of capacity in Brazil.

The news from Gamesa follows other Spanish wind developers building their profile in Brazil in 2013. This includes manufacturer Acciona, which opened its first wind turbine assembly plant in the country in March this year.