Paris, October 1, 2012 — Alstom signed a letter of intent with the government of the state of Rio Grande do Sul, in the south of Brazil, to set up its first factory dedicated to the production of towers for wind turbines in Latin America.
The plant will be installed in Canoas beside Alstom's Grid unit, active in the city for 50 years and overseeing the company's power transmission business in Brazil. The new site will have an installed capacity of 120 towers per year, which represents around 350 MW.
The initial investment is 12 million euros. The plant should start operations in the first half of 2013. With 11,000 square meters of built-up area, the installation will employ 90 people, 80 percent of which local; and around 250 additional indirect jobs could be created.
The new Canoas factory will be the second manufacturing unit for the wind power generation infrastructure business of Alstom in Latin America. In November 2011, the company opened its first wind turbine plant in Camaçari, State of Bahia, with the capacity to manufacture 600 MW of wind turbines per year.