Alstom has won a contract from Enerplan to supply wind turbines to the Pontal wind project in southern Brazil.
According to the €25m contract, Alstom will supply ten units of ECO 122 wind turbines, each generating 2.7MW, to the project.
The wind farm, which is located Viamao, the city of Rio Grande do Sul State, is slated to be commissioned by the end of 2015.
Alstom claims that the ECO 122 wind turbine has the biggest rotor diameter within the 2MW to 3MW onshore turbine segment. It combines high power and high capacity factor to boost energy yield in low wind regions, and thus fits perfectly with the Brazilian wind conditions.
The nacelles of the wind turbines will be manufactured at Alstom’s plant in Bahia State, while the towers will be produced at Alstom’s new facility in Canoas.
In addition, Alstom will provide operation and maintenance services for the wind turbines for a period of five years.
Alstom vice-president renewable power and thermal power in Latin America Marcos Costa said this new partnership demonstrates the confidence of their customers in its products and services and confirms its growth in the wind market in Latin America.
"Just days after the launch of our first wind tower factory in the region, the company already has achieved a strategic position, with two important contracts to be supported by the unit, sustaining our local strategy," Costa said.
At a wind speed of 7.5m/s, the turbine delivers a net wind farm capacity factor of up to 42%, equivalent to 3,600 full-load hours each year.
Image: Alstom’s ECO 122 wind turbine. Photo: courtesy of Alstom.