Siemens Gamesa has won an order to supply 52 SG 5.8-170 turbines to AES for the Tucano wind farm, located in the state of Bahia which is scheduled for commissioning in 2021.
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The order follows recent deals to supply the 155 and the 170-metre rotor variants of the platform in Sweden. The deal with AES is for a total capacity of 312 MW, making it the largest deal to date for the 5.X platform. Brazil is expected to contract 3 GW of wind energy capacity annually over the next ten years as part of its Energy Ten-Year Plan (PDE 2029). The SG 5.8-170 has the highest power rating for a geared onshore turbine and the largest rotor available in the market.
“Over the last decade, Siemens Gamesa has shown an unmatched commitment towards the Brazilian market, bringing its latest technologies and investing heavily in localising production and creating jobs” said Alfonso Faubel, CEO of Siemens Gamesa’s Onshore business unit. “We are happy to build on that history and see the footprint of our Siemens Gamesa 5.X expanding globally, demonstrating its adaptability to all markets”.
Siemens Gamesa will leverage its strong supply chain and adapt its plant located in Bahia to locally produce the turbines. Since its inauguration in 2011, the plant has manufactured over 1,800 nacelles and has recently been expanded to produce converters as well. The company currently sources towers and blades locally and has its SG 3.4-132 certified by BNDES FINAME, which allows buyers to access competitive financing from the federal development bank.
Brazil is the 8th largest consumer of electricity globally with over 210 million inhabitants. The country currently relies on hydroelectricity for almost two thirds of its total consumption and wind power is seen as a highly complementary technology. This is due to the country’s exceptional wind resources, notably during the dry season. Since the first auction was held in 2009, the country has been one of the fastest growing wind markets globally and currently has over 15 GW of installed capacity.