GE to Provide Turbines for 150 MW Wind Project in Brazil

GE Renewable Energy has announced that it has been selected by Rio Energy for installation and commissioning of 30 Cypress onshore wind turbines in Brazil

GE Wind Brazil

GE Renewable Energy has announced that it has been selected by Rio Energy for the production, delivery, installation and commissioning of 30 Cypress onshore wind turbines, operating in a range from 4.8 MW to 5.1 MW. This is the second contract signed by GE and Rio Energy in Brazil, and GE’s second Cypress announcement in the country.

The turbines will be installed at Rio Energy’s Serra da Babilonia wind farm — located near the municipalities of Morro do Chapéu, Ourolândia, and Várzea Nova (at the State of Bahia) — and will add approximately 150 MW to the wind farm complex, which currently has 223.25 MW of installed capacity. The turbines will be the first Cypress units manufactured and delivered in Brazil and are expected to be installed in the last quarter of 2020.V

Vikas Anand, GE Renewable Energy’s CEO for Onshore Wind, Americas, said: “we are delighted that Rio Energy has selected GE’s Cypress platform for the Serra da Babilonia wind farm in Brazil. Rio Energy has been key to supporting Brazil’s renewable energy goals, and we are proud to work with them to help provide renewable, sustainable energy across the region.”

Several key components of these Cypress units will be manufactured in Brazil, including assembly at GE’s facility in Camaçari (BA) and blades produced by LM Wind Power in the Port of Suape (PE).

Marcos Meireles, Rio Energy’s CEO, said “we are very excited to install the first GE’s Cypress wind turbines in Brazil. This agreement reinforces our commitment to helping grow Brazil’s installed base, by investing not only in adding new turbines, but also introducing new technology to advance onshore wind in Brazil.”

The contract also includes a ten-year operation and maintenance (O&M) agreement for all equipment supplied by GE at the wind farm, with the potential to extend to 20 years.

Recently, we had reported that the company had been selected by Holmen as the wind turbine supplier for the 143 MW Blåbergsliden wind farm in Sweden. The project, which will use 26 of GE’s Cypress onshore wind platforms, represents GE’s second Cypress-equipped wind farm in Sweden.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.

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