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Gamesa Steps In As Vestas Steps Out Of Brazil Wind Project

Global wind energy giant Gamesa has announced that it will be providing wind turbines for nine wind farms located in the northern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Norte, at the same time as Vestas Wind Systems announced that they were pulling out of a previously “firm and unconditional” order for two of the projects Gamesa has now committed to.

Gamesa announced Thursday that they had been awarded the contract by CPFL Renováveis, a subsidiary of CPFL Energia, one of Brazil’s leading electric utilities. The contract provides 110 of Gamesa’s G114-2.0 MW turbines totalling 220 MW, as well as transport, installation, and commissioning of turbines.

Gamesa’s wind turbines will supply nine wind farms in Northeast Brazil — Campos dos Ventos I, Campos dos Ventos III, Campos dos Ventos V, Ventos de São Benedito, Ventos de Santo Dimas, Ventos de São Domingos, Ventos de São Martinho, Ventos de Santa Mônica and Ventos de Santa da Ursula.

On the flip-side, Vestas announced Friday that they had reached an “amicable” agreement with CPFL Renováveis to cancel their “firm and unconditional” order for 127 of the company’s V100-2.0 MW wind turbines that were to go towards the Campos dos Ventos and São Benedito projects.

Vestas placed the blame for the cancellation on “changes to local Brazilian legislation which occurred after the contract was agreed.” Nevertheless, CPFL and Vestas “have amicably agreed to the cancellation of the project” and the two companies are now determining the details of the cancellation and the related consequences.

Speaking for Gamesa, Edgard Corrochano, Gamesa’s South Cone Managing Director, said that the contract “further consolidates our already solid position in this market.”

Gamesa’s G114-2.0 MW turbines are a new model designed to yield more power out of lower and medium wind speed sites at a lower cost. CPFL Renováveis’ order is the largest order for the new turbines to date, whose pipeline now stands at 800 MW and are slated for delivery in 2016.

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