Gamesa, a global leader in the design, manufacture and maintenance of wind turbines and a top wind farm developer, will be attending the Brazil Windpower 2011 (Rio de Janeiro, 31 August-2 September) for the first time, after starting production of wind turbines in the country during the last months.
Gamesa will be showcasing its lastest developments, mainly focused on the G9X-2.0 MW platform, and will participate as well in different roundtables on market leadership and technological development.
Gamesa in Brazil
In July, Gamesa started production of wind turbines in Brazil, in Camaçari (northeast of the state of Bahia), just six months after it announced its decision to establish a manufacturing and sales presence in this country with the ultimate aim of making Brazil one of its core medium-term growth markets.
With productive capacity of 400 MW, Gamesa's new plant assembles nacelles for 2.0 MW wind turbines (G9X and G8X). Gamesa's industrial activity in this Brazilian town will create 100 direct jobs and will contribute to the development of the Brazilian wind power industry; ultimately, local suppliers will account for as much as 60% of the components used by the company to produce its wind turbines in the Brazil.
This constitutes Gamesa's strategic response to the anticipated growth in the Brazilian wind power market short and medium term.
The reactivation of this market has materialised to date in two supply agreements covering 300 MW for the wind farms to be developed in Brazil by Iberdrola Renovables (258 MW in 9 wind farms) and Corporación Inveravante (42 MW for the wind project Dunas de Paracuru - state of Ceará).
Brazilis thereby being configured as the manufacturing and operating platform from which Gamesa will develop its business in neighbouring markets such as Argentina, Chile and Uruguay, all of which have new wind projects in the pipeline for the coming years.