ACCIONA Windpower, a subsidiary of Acciona specialising in the design, manufacture and sale of wind turbines has opened a turbine assembly plant at Simões Filho in Brazil.
The plant was officially opened by the Governor of Bahia, Rui Costa dos Santos, accompanied by the Secretary for the Economic Development of the Bahia State Paulo Guimaraes. Acciona was represented by Group President José Manuel Entrecanales, the CEO of the Energy Division, Rafael Mateo, and the Executive Director of Acciona Windpower, José Luis Blanco together with senior managers.
The Simões Filho plant is already producing 3 MW wind turbines for the Brazilian market and has a production capacity of 100 turbines per year (300 MW). This can be increased to 200 units (600 MW) depending on demand. The facility has created 150 direct jobs so far with another 500 indirect jobs. Among its products are the hubs that the company previously produced at a nearby location.
“This plant shows our industrial commitment to Brazil, today becoming a reality in Bahia, and is a testimony to the great reception given to our most advanced product – the 3 MW wind turbine – from wind power developers in the country” said Acciona Presidient, José Manuel Entrecanales.
The plant assembled its first turbine in December 2014, in response to the positive reception given to the AW3000 3 MW turbine in the Brazilian market, alongside its successful adaptation to the wind conditions of the country and its level of competitiveness. Acciona Windpower has so far signed contracts for 1,020 MW with two wind power complexes in service in the country. Alongside the turbine manufacturing plant, the company has a second facility to manufacture sections for concrete towers, located at Areia Branca (Rio Grande do Norte).