Enel Green Power Brasil Participações (EGPB) has started construction of the 716MW Lagoa dos Ventos windfarm in Brazil’s north-east state of Piaui.

With an investment of approximately €700m ($794m), Lagoa dos Ventos windfarm will be built in the municipalities of Lagoa do Barro do Piauí, Queimada Nova, and Dom Inocêncio.

Lagoa dos Ventos windfarm is in line with Enel’s 2019-21 strategic plan. It is claimed to be the largest wind facility currently under construction in South America and Enel Green Power’s biggest across its global operations. It is expected to begin operations in 2021.

Lagoa dos Ventos windfarm will be equipped with 230 turbines. Once operational, it will be able to generate approximately 3.3TWh per annum, while reducing carbon emissions of more than 1.6 million tonnes.

“The start of construction of this record-breaking wind project in Brazil is a major milestone for our presence in the country.”

Enel Green Power head Antonio Cammisecra said: “The start of construction of this record-breaking wind project in Brazil is a major milestone for our presence in the country, which continues to be one of the most prominent markets for Enel Green Power.

“As the largest wind facility for Enel Green Power worldwide, Lagoa dos Ventos will set a new, higher standard in the construction of large sustainable energy infrastructure, further contributing to the diversification of the country’s energy mix.”

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For this project, EGPB designed a plant layout based on a high-resolution wind resource assessment to optimise the project’s energy output.

To build Lagoa dos Ventos windfarm, EGPB will use a wide range of tools and methods such as proximity sensors on machinery to boost site safety, drones for topographic survey, and smart tracking of wind turbine components. The company will also use advanced digital platforms.

The wind facility has 20-year power supply contracts for 510MW with a pool of distribution companies. The remaining 206MW will be sold to retail customers on the free market.

Last month, Enel Green Power Brasil Participações (EGP Brazil) signed agreements to sell its three fully operational renewable plants to China’s CGN Energy International Holdings (CGNEI) for approximately €700m.