Vestas to supply wind turbines for Brazilian wind energy projects

The order comprises 40 units of the 2 MW platform wind turbines for the following three wind farm projects: Olho D’agua, Sao Bento do Norte and Farol located at Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil. The order has been placed by Galvao Energia, a Brazilian company dedicated to the development, installation and operation of plants that generate electricity by means of renewable sources.

The contract includes delivery, installation and commissioning of the wind turbines, a VestasOnline® Business SCADA system and a 10-year service and maintenance agreement with the Active Output Management package ‘AOM 4000’. The AOM 4000 is a full-scope service contract, consisting of scheduled and unscheduled maintenance and consumables, which offers solid risk management for customers, who want an availability guarantee measured against an agreed threshold. This type of contract offers customers assured performance avoiding unforeseen operational costs of any kind. Delivery of the turbines is expected to start in Q3 2012 and the projects are expected to be completed in December 2012.

Otávio Ferreira da Silveira, President and CEO of Galvao Energia S.A. declares: “We have chosen Vestas as our partner in these projects, because we believe that through their extensive global experience, reliable technology and advanced service capabilities, Vestas will help us to maximise the wind power plants’ energy output and, consequently, to capitalise on our return on the investment. The 2 MW is a reliable and efficient platform and we have good expectations about its performance on these specific sites.”

Carlos R. T. Levy, Managing Director, Vestas Brazil states: “We are very pleased to be chosen by Galvao Energia for these projects. This new order in Brazil is a very important step for Vestas in further developing our position in one of the largest wind power markets in Latin America. We are looking forward to working together with Galvao Energia to ensure that our customer makes the most of their wind assets.”

“In the past two years, we have seen an increasing interest in wind in Brazil, as a clean, competitive and predictable energy source. Wind can help Brazil diversify its energy mix complementing the already existing energy sources. Vestas is fully committed to support the development of wind in the country and to contribute to creating a local industry through the development of a strong network of local suppliers and competencies,” concludes Juan Araluce, President of Vestas Mediterranean.
Vestas Mediterranean

Vestas Mediterranean is one of the seven Sales Business Units in the Vestas Group and it manages all sales, construction and service operations in the countries of the Mediterranean region, Middle East, Latin America, Caribbean as well as approx 70 per cent of the African continent. As of 31 December 2010, this SBU delivered a cumulative capacity close to 10 GW, representing 22.5 per cent of Vestas’ global capacity. Vestas employs a workforce of more than 3,000 highly skilled and fully committed employees in the Mediterranean area including production capabilities in Italy and Spain.

As of 31 December 2010, Vestas has delivered to Brazil a total capacity of more than 200 MW. Vestas Brazil is the sales unit responsible for the sales, installation and service and maintenance of wind turbines in Brazil. With the aim of satisfying customers’ needs, Vestas in Brazil is developing a network of local suppliers which are able to deliver products and services during the different phases of the development of a wind power plant.