Alstom announced Monday the signing of an agreement for the construction Canoas in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, in southern Brazil, the first factory dedicated to the manufacture of wind turbine masts in South America.

The site will have a production capacity of 120 towers per year, representing approximately 350 MW. The initial investment is 12 million euros. The plant should be operational in the first half of 2013. With 11,000 m² covered, it will employ 90 people, of which 80% will be recruited locally, 250 indirect jobs would also be created.

“This new plant has already contracts for the Brazilian market,” said Marcos Costa, President of Alstom Brazil. “This is the case for example masts that will be needed to carry out our agreement with Odebrecht Energia for the equipment of the complex wind Corredor do Senandes signed this year. The plant, taking advantage of its excellent location, will also able to serve export markets. ”

“The installation of this plant in Canoas creates many synergies between industry players in the generation of electricity in Rio Grande do Sul,” said Fernando Chein, Production Director of Odebrecht Energia. “It will make a difference on a logistics plan in the construction of the first wind farm of Odebrecht Energia, the Corredor do Senandes complex, which will be an installed capacity of 108 MW.”

The new plant will be the second unit Canoas industrial facilities generating electricity from wind Alstom Latin America. The company has in fact opened in November 2011 its first wind power plant in Camaçari, in the state of Bahia, with an annual production capacity of machines representing 600 MW.

Alstom has won contracts to date 5 farms in Brazil, representing an aggregate of over 900 million, to supply wind turbines Desenvix, Brasventos, Odebrecht Energia, Casa dos Ventos, and more recently the complex wind farms Queiroz Galvão.

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