Paris, June 13, 2011 — Alstom signed a contract worth about $287 million to build and service three wind farms in Brazil for Brasventos S.A., a special purpose company composed of J. Malucelli Energia, Eletrobras Eletronorte and Eletrobras Furnas.
The wind farms will be located in Rio Grande do Norte State (northeast region) and will have an estimated production of 580,000 MWh per year, enough to power more than 100,000 households and save more than 300,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year.
The scope of the order includes the supply, installation, commissioning and long-term servicing of Alstom's ECO 86 wind turbines. The wind farms will be equipped with Alstom's SCADA system enabling local and remote access to wind turbine data for optimized operation and maintenance.
The wind turbine generators will be manufactured in Alstom's new manufacturing plant in Bahia, Brazil, combined with partial supplies from Alstom's plant in Bunuel, Spain.
The wind farms will feature Alstom's powerful and easy-to-install ECO 86 wind turbines, ideally suited for the region's medium to high wind conditions and complex coastal terrain. Alstom's wind turbines are all based on the Alstom Pure Torque rotor support concept.
The design separates deflection forces arising from wind buffeting from the pure rotor torque required for power generation. It protects the drive train and, in particular, the gearbox, ensuring higher reliability of the turbine.
Alstom, present in Brazil for over 55 years, has provided about 50 percent of the power generation equipment in Brazil. Most recently, Alstom won a $143 million contract in July 2010 to build a 90 MW wind farm complex in Bahia for Desenvix, a Brazilian renewable power generating company subsidiary of the Engevix engineering group.