Alstom signs billion dollar wind turbines contract with Brazil

Alstom, France’s transport infrastructure and power generation giant, on Wesdnesday said it signed a preliminary accord with Brazilian energy group Renova Energia to provide hundreds of wind tribunes worth more than one billion euros (1.35 billion U.S. dollars).

Under the four-year agreement, Alstom will “operate and maintain in Brazil around 440 onshore wind turbines” that were expected to represent at least 1,200 MW new wind power generation capacity, the French group said.

In a statement, Alstom said it would provide the Brazilian group with turbines over the next three years with the first ones projected in 2015.

Alstom is a world leader in transport and energy infrastructure, with a presence in more than 70 countries and over 96,000 employees.

The wind turbines will be manufactured at Alstom’s unit in Camaçari, state of Bahia. Opened in November 2011, the plant has a manufacturing capacity of 300 MW a year, with one work shift.

The agreement with Renova Energia confirms Alstom’s decision to work with two shifts from the first half of 2013, increasing the manufacturing capacity to 600 MW a year. Alstom will work towards the establishment of a wind cluster in Bahia in partnership with other companies, for the production of the main components of the turbines. /