Alstom has entered into a contract with Desenvix, a Brazilian renewable energy company (part of Engevix), to develop a 90 MW wind farm in Brazil. This will be Alstom's first such project in Brazil, marking the company's entry into the Brazilian wind energy market. The contract represents an investment of EUR 100 million.
The contract actually covers three wind farms in Bahia. The Brotas wind farm complex will consist of three wind farms – Macaubas, Novo Horizonte and Seabra. The projects will be using 57 ECO 86 1.67 MW units, to be delivered and installed by Alstom by summer 2011. The wind turbines will be manufactured in Spain and Brazil. Total capacity of the complex will be 90 MW.
Alstom and Engevix have collaborated on energy projects in Brazil, in the hydro sector. The total hydropower capacity between the two companies in Brazil is at about 12 GW. It is no wonder Brazil's energy sector relies mostly on hydroenergy with 77% of the total installed power generation capacity coming from hydropower.