Four hundred million dollars will be invested in the construction of the wind turbines, which is expected to be completed in 11 to 15 months as of the date the contract is signed.
Through its subsidiary ENERGIMP, IMPSA is the largest investor in wind energy in Brazil with a total portfolio of 803 MW, of which 100 MW are already in operation, 220 MW are being developed and 481 MW are in the implementation phase and scheduled to be operating by late 2012.
IMPSA is thus consolidating its position as the sector leader in Latin America with over 1 GW of wind power projects. At present its contract portfolio for the sale of wind generators totals more than 1,800 MW in Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Perú, Uruguay, and Venezuela) and South East Asia (Malaysia and Vietnam).
The wind turbines that will be used for the projects awarded by the GENREN bid are 2 MW UNIPOWER IWP 70* specially designed by IMPSA for the winds in the region and internationally certified. The technology used is 100% Latin American and developed by IMPSA at its plants in Argentina and Brazil.
The GENREN bid was called by ENARSA, the state-owned power utility, to increase power generation by 1015 MW. The Executive Power launched the bid in May 2009 in order to comply with Law 26.190/06 and use renewable resources to meet 8% of the national power demand.
ENERGIMP speeds up construction of wind farms in Santa Catarina
ENERGIMP has received the first foundation rings for the farms being built in Agua Doce and Bom Jardim.
With the arrival of 20 foundation rings to the port of Imbituba, ENERGIMP, a subsidiary of IMPSA, and FI-FGTS are speeding up construction of the wind farms in the State of Santa Catarina. The rings are key components for they connect the towers to the foundations. Twenty additional towers and rings will be sent in the next 30 days.
The ENERGIMP project provides for the construction of 10 wind farms in Bom Jardim da Serra and Agua Doce, in the mountainous area and in the central western part of the State, respectively. Construction is scheduled for completion by year’s end. The project stems from an agreement entered into early this year with Caixa Económica Federal with transfers from Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimiento. Out of a total of 682 billion dollars to be invested in the State, 472 million are financed.
It is the most important wind power project launched by the Company in Brazil this year. Since 2007 ENERGIMP has been the largest investor in wind energy in the country, with a 16% stake in the wind power market. Together, Bom Jardim and Agua Doce will produce over 222 MW, enough to meet the energy needs of about nine hundred thousand people. With these new wind farms ‒62 wind generators in Bom Jardim and 86 in Agua Doce‒ ENERGIMP will triple its power generation capacity in the country.
Wind farm construction, which commenced in April, will create 1120 direct jobs and 6000 indirect jobs. The company is using local labor to build the power plants. Once construction is complete and the farms are operating, 100 workers will be hired on a permanent basis.
IMPSA led the tender for alternative energies in Brazil
IMPSA signed contracts for the sale of 450 MW of wind generators and consolidates its position as sector leader in Latin America with more than 1GW in wind projects.
Through its subsidiary Wind Power Energía (WPE), IMPSA has sold 450 MW of wind generators to companies selling wind energy as part of Brazil’s second alternative energy sources tender (A-3) called by the Agencia Nacional de Energía Eléctrica (Aneel).
ENERGIMP, a company controlled by IMPSA and by the FI-FGTS fund, sold 270 MW of power. CHESF, an Eletrobrás subsidiary, sold another 180 MW and signed a contract with WPE to purchase the said wind generators.
IMPSA has thus become the biggest seller of wind generators in the tender, which has awarded 50 wind farms for a total of 1520 MW of new wind power.
The 270 MW of power sold by ENERGIMP will go to five 30 MW wind farms to be installed in the State of Ceará, where ENERGIMP already has 11 wind farms, and to four 30 MW wind farms to be built in the State of Río Grande do Norte. The 180 MW wind farm sold by CHESF is located in the State of Bahía.
All of these wind energy plants are scheduled to start clean and renewable energy production by January 1, 2013. Twenty-year contracts have already been signed with 15 energy distributors. Three hundred and eighty wind projects as well as biomass and small-scale hydropower plants were included in the Internet tender.
ENERGIMP is consolidating its position as the largest investor in wind energy in Brazil with a total portfolio of 803 MW, of which 100 MW are already in operation, 220 MW are being developed and 481 MW are in the implementation phase and scheduled to be operating by late 2012.
IMPSA has a contract portfolio for the sale of wind generators totaling more than 1800 MW in Latin America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Perú, Uruguay, Venezuela) and South East Asia (Malaysia and Vietnam).