Vestas will establish a new nacelle plant in the Brazilian state Ceará with an investment of around €23m to manufacture V150-4.2 MW nacelles.
In this regard, Vestas signed a framework agreement with the government of Ceará to build the nacelle plant in the Brazilian state. The new production facility is expected to create 200 direct jobs and 800 indirect jobs.
Vestas had previously manufactured V110-2.0 MW nacelles in Ceará.
In the coming months, the Danish firm will take a call on whether the new nacelle plant will remain in the municipality of Aquiraz, where it has assembled V110-2.0 MW nacelles, or select another place in the state.
Vestas Brazil and Latin America South general manager Rogério S. Zampronha said: “Ceará has been like a second home to Vestas in Brazil. Our decision to stay and extend our footprint in the region is based on the high quality labour, the proximity to the Port of Pecém and to many wind energy project areas.
“But I would like to highlight the business-friendly environment fostered by the regional government, which has also been a key factor for this decision”.
Vestas said that the framework agreement for the nacelle plant enables it to break new grounds for the expansion of its 4MW platform in Brazil and also in the Latin American region.
The Danish wind turbine manufacturer further claimed that the V150-4.2 MW wind turbine suits the most prevailing wind conditions in Brazil and is expected to deliver excellent performance and production for customers.
Vestas, which has been present in Brazil since 2000, has 1.5GW of either installed or under construction in the country, which equates to nearly 750 wind turbines.
Earlier this week, Vestas won a contract in Sweden from Eolus to supply turbines for the 130MW Backhammar Wind Farm in the Värmland province.
The contract calls for the delivery of 22 V136-4.2 MW turbines and nine V150-4.2 MW turbines for the Swedish wind farm, which is slated to break ground this year for a grid connection targeted for mid 2020.