Acciona Windpower (AWP), the Acciona Group subsidiary that designs, manufactures and sells wind turbines, ended the 2014 financial year with 2,088 MW of accumulated sales of its AW3000 wind turbine, following the signature of a supply contract for 117 MW with the Brazilian company Rio Energy. Global sales of Acciona Windpower 3 MW wind turbines reached 861 MW in 2014, i.e. 41% of the aggregate sales of this wind turbine.
The contract with Rio Energy is for the supply of thirty-nine 3 MW wind turbines for the Itarema IV, VI, VII, VIII and IX wind power complex planned in the state of Ceará. This level of production was awarded to the company in the A-3 auction in 2014. Thirty-eight of the wind turbines will have a 125-mr rotor diameter while the other one will have a 116-m rotor. The wind turbines will be installed on concrete towers with a hub height of 120 and 100 m, as required. The supply of turbines for these wind farms will begin in July 2015.
The order is the second one Acciona Windpower has signed with Rio Energy. It had previously signed a contract for the sale of thirty AW3000 wind turbines (90 MW) with the same company for the Itarema I, II, III and V wind farms, awarded in the Leilao A-3 auction in 2013.
The new agreement, signed in December 2014, takes Acciona Windpower’s sales in Brazil to 825 MW, almost 40% of the overall sales of its AW3000 wind turbine. Acciona Windpower already has a nacelle assembly facility and a hub production plant in Brazil, in the state of Bahia, and a concrete tower production plant in Rio Grande do Norte. It also purchases other main wind turbine components in the country.