Gamesa has added two new Brazilian wind projects worth 214 MW to its order pipeline.
According to the website, the Spanish wind manufacturer will supply 166 MW to Companhia de Energias Renováveis (CER) plus 48 MW to Eletrobras subsidiary Eletrosul.
Under the agreement, Gamesa will maintain and transport 83 G97 2.0-MW turbines at four wind farms. They will be located at the Xique-Xique II complex in Bahia. Gamesa had also previously worked with CER on a 68 MW deal for the first Xique-Xique facility. Both deals originally come from winning bids from an A5 Brazilian wind auction in 2013.
Eletrosul’s contract calls for 24 G114 2.0-MW turbines in Livramento Grande du Sul. It’s expected the turbines will offer more efficiency by providing more power at reduced cost rates at medium- to low-speed wind locations. Delivery is expected later this year, with the project expected to be online in the second half of 2015. Gamesa and Eletrosul have had three prior deals worth 402 MW.
With 37% of all 2014 Q1 sales coming from Latin America, it’s understandable why Gamesa sees Brazil as a strong potential growth market. The company has total orders of more than 1,968 MW within the country.
Meanwhile, GWEC Secretary General Steve Saywer predicts Brazil could finish as high as third in installed wind capacity in 2014.
As Brazil continues its path of tripling its renewable energy by 2020, wind will play a major factor besides hydro and biofuels. Gamesa is primed for strengthening further growth within the Latin American giant.
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