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Acciona Windpower has created a Wind Power Service Center in the city of Mossoró to service wind farms located in northeast Brazil, where the company has signed contracts for the supply of 264 wind turbines totaling 792 MW overall capacity. The center, located in one of the main cities of the state of Rio Grande do Norte, will allow the company to provide operation and maintenance services in an agile and efficient way, fulfilling its commitment to optimize after-sales service to its customers and the operability of its installations.

The new facility covers 2,000 m2, including a spare parts store, and another 600 m2 of offices for administration, staff training and technical support. One of the functions of the center is the remote control of the wind farms. It will be initially staffed by twelve people, and this figure is expected to double in two years’ time when all the wind farms contracted will enter service.

Seven wind farms in the region

Northeast Brazil accounts for 71% of the wind turbine supply contracts signed by Acciona Windpower in the country (792 MW out of a total of 1,119 MW) corresponding to wind power complexes. One of them -Areia Branca (90 MW)- is already operational and another –Sao Miguel de Gostoso (108 MW)- is currently under construction. Both are owned by Voltalia and are located in Rio Grande do Norte.

Other projects for the same customer – Vila Pará (99 MW) and Vila Amazonas (93 MW)- are also located in that state. The latter is under construction and the companies Chesf and Encalso also have a stake in it.

The service center at Mossoró will also provide a service to the Itarema I and II (207 MW) wind farms developed by Rio Energy in the state of Ceará, and to Lagoa do Barro-Queimada Nova (195 MW) wind complex, owned by Atlantic Energias Renováveis and Actis, in the state of Piauí.

3 MW wind turbine

All the projects supplied by Acciona Windpower in Brazil incorporate the three-megawatt rated capacity AW3000 wind turbine. It is available in different versions, with rotor diameters of 116 and 125 m, mounted on 100- and 120-m (hub height) concrete towers. This turbine’s performance has demonstrated that it has adapted to the Brazilian market completely.The company has also exceeded the requirements for local contracting of parts stipulated in the FINAME regulations, which was achieved six months ahead of the January 1st2016 deadline.

The company has a nacelle assembly plant in Brazil (in Bahia) that also has a hub assembly section, plus a concrete tower production facility in Rio Grande do Norte. It purchases the blades and other components for the turbine in Brazil.

Acciona Windpower, has complied with the last requests issued by the BNDES (Brazilian Development Bank) for the national sourcing of components for wind turbines, meaning that wind power projects in Brazil can be financed under terms that are more favorable. It has complied with them six months in advance of the deadline.

The BNDES has announced on its website that Acciona Windpower fulfils the requirements for national purchasing indicated in the FINAME regulations for the final phase of certification, which expires on 1 January 2016. This confirms the company’s record of compliance with the milestones involved in the process well in advance.

This means that Acciona Windpower can offer its turbines for wind power developers with the guarantee that they meet with all the regulations on local outsourcing established in the overall certification process.

The company has a nacelle assembly plant in Brazil that also assembles hubs (in Bahia) and a concrete tower production facility in Rio Grande do Norte. It also purchases blades and other wind turbine components in the country.

Acciona Windpower’s current workforce in Brazil numbers 300 people and the company’s activity has created – or consolidated – more than 1,000 direct and indirect jobs in the country.

1.119 MW contracted

Since 2012, Acciona Windpower has signed ten purchase contracts in Brazil for its AW3000 wind turbine series totaling 1,119 MW (373 units).This turbine has consolidated itself as a proven and competitive option for the Brazilian wind power market. Specifically, the sales are for versions with rotor diameters of 125 and 116 meters, mounted on 120- and 100-meter-high concrete towers. The company also markets models with a rotor diameter of 132 meters on 137.5-meter-high towers.

Acciona Windpower has signed a contract with wind power developer Voltalia for the supply of 99 MW total capacity for the Vila Pará wind farm in the state of Rio Grande do Norte (northeastern Brazil). The contract covers the supply, transportation, installation and commissioning of the 3-MW wind turbines, as well as a long-term maintenance service agreement.

The AW125/3000 model turbines each have a rotor diameter of 125 meters and a capacity of 3 MW. They will be assembled in the plant that Acciona Windpower opened in Simões Filho (Bahia) last December. The 120-meter towers to support the turbines will also be built by the company in Brazil, in its plant at Areia Branca located near the future wind farm.

Supplies for the Vila Pará wind farm are planned to take place in 2016. The complex was awarded to Voltalia in the Leilao A-5 call for tender in 2013 and the decision made by the Brazilian Government in December that year.

With the new contract, Acciona Windpower has sold 1,119 MW of capacity in Brazil since it began marketing its AW3000 wind turbine in 2012.

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Gamesa, a global technology leader in wind energy, officially inaugurated its expanded nacelle assembly factory in Camaçari, in the north-east of the state of Bahia, from which it will make all the 2.0 MW – 2.5 MW platform turbines earmarked for the Brazilian market.

The facility’s inauguration ceremony was presided by the Governor of Bahia, Rui Costa dos Santos, and the mayor of Camaçari, Ademar Delgado. The executives attending on behalf of Gamesa included its Chairman and CEO, Ignacio Martín, its Business CEO, Xabier Etxeberria, its CEO in Latin America, José Antonio Miranda, and the Managing Director in Brazil, Edgard Corrochano, among others.

In wake of this expansion work, up and running since September 2014, the factory’s productive capacity has increased to 640 MW. The factory has been equipped with a multi-model production line: it currently produces nacelles for the G97-2.0 MW turbine and, from January 2016, it will begin to manufacture the G114-2.0 MW, a turbine that cuts the latter model’s cost of energy by 10%. Both turbines are part of Gamesa’s 2.0-2.5 MW platform, 1,000 MW of which have already been installed in Brazil.

The growth in Gamesa’s operations in this market will enable it to double its headcount to 570 by year-end 2015.

“The start-up of this facility evidences our industrial pledge in Brazil and our commitment to developing the country’s wind power and broader manufacturing infrastructure. This expansion reinforces our operations in one of Gamesa’s priority markets: in 2014, Brazil accounted for 22% of total MW sold. Gamesa is one of the leading OEMs in this market thanks to a business strategy that combines global leadership with local know-how, along with a strong commitment to local community development in terms of wealth generation, job creation and purchases from and alliances with local suppliers”, underscored Ignacio Martín, Gamesa’s Chairman, during the inauguration ceremony.

Since it established a manufacturing foothold in Brazil back in 2011, Gamesa has invested over €35 million in the country, nurturing a competitive local supply chain of over 1,000 suppliers in the process.
During the last four years, the company has installed over 1,000 MW and has firm orders for the supply of another 1,500 MW in the years to come at projects being developed in the country’s windiest regions. It also services close to 700 MW for various customers under O&M agreements.

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