Alstom Renewable Power has signed a letter of intent with Casa dos Ventos, one of the largest Brazilian wind power generation developers, to provide wind turbines for new farms in the state of Rio Grande do Norte, northeastern Brazil. Under this €230 million agreement, Alstom will supply 68 wind ECO 122 wind turbines and operation and maintenance for wind farms located in João Câmara. The projects in the scope of this agreement represent more than 180 MW of output capacity. The contract was due to be signed by the end of September. The wind turbines will be produced at Alstom’s manufacturing unit  at Camaçari, in Bahia state, opened in November 2011.

Wind power is the source of power generation with the highest growth rate in Brazil, around 7 GW of new wind power infrastructure having already been contracted. The country’s wind power potential is estimated at 300 GW and its major power generation players expect to build a further 2.5 GW per year until 2020.

In addition to the Casa dos Ventos agreement, Alstom has already secured three contracts in Brazil. The first, worth € 100 million, was signed in July 2010 with the Brazilian company Desenvix, a subsidiary of the group Engevix, for the construction of a 90 MW complex in Bahia, including 10 years of operation and maintenance. The Brotas complex is composed of three wind farms equipped with 57 Alstom ECO 86 wind turbines, with a capacity of 1.67 MW per unit. In 2011, the company signed a contract worth approximately €200 million for the construction and maintenance of three wind farms for Brasventos S.A., which will be installed in the state of Rio Grande do Norte. The order includes supply, installation, commissioning and long-term maintenance of the ECO 86 wind turbines. And earlier this year Alstom signed a contract with Odebrecht Energia to equip four wind farms in southern Brazil. The Corredor do Senandes II, III and IV, and Vento Aragano I wind farms, located in Rio Grande do Sul, will have a total capacity of 108 MW. Alstom will supply, install and commission 40 ECO 122 wind turbines, with a power per unit of 2.7 MW.