The contract covers the supply, transportation, installation and commissioning of 33 latest generation AW3000 turbines, 3 MW each, and includes a long-term maintenance service agreement.
The turbines will equip the Vila Pará facility, consisting of 4 wind farms near Areia Branca and VamCruz wind parks, located in the Rio Grande do Norte state in Brazil.
The Vila Pará project benefits from long-term electricity sales contracts won by Voltalia in the December 2013 auctions. The contracts cover a 20-year period, starting in January 2018.
Construction works will start at year-end 2015 and the wind farms are expected to be commissioned in Q4 2016, more than one year before the beginning of the long-term power sales contracts. The new Vila Pará site will thus sell its electricity production on the spot market as soon as 2017. It will benefit from the nearby Areia Branca and VamCruz sites’ transmission and connection facilities, belonging to Voltalia.
Sébastien Clerc, CEO of Voltalia, stated:
“I am glad to announce the signing of this contract allowing the launch of construction works in accordance with our roadmap. We are very familiar with the quality of these turbines, already in operation on our Brazilian production sites. The manufacturing of the turbines will be mostly performed in Brazil, hence meeting Voltalia’s double requirement of equipment quality and local development.”