Alstom is opening the company’s first wind power tower factory in Canoas in Rio Grande do Sul in the south of Brazil. The facility will have the capacity to produce 120 steel towers per year, enough to supply about 350 MW of renewable electricity.
It is Alstom’s second wind energy manufacturing unit Latin America, following the commissioning of its first wind power nacelle plant in Camaçari, State of Bahia, in November 2011. The Camaçari unit has the capacity to manufacture 600 MW of wind turbines per year.
Spanning about 11,000 square meters, beside Alstom’s Grid power transformers and shunt reactors unit, the new plant will employ 90 people and could generate an additional 250 indirect jobs in the region. The Canoas plant will produce towers dedicated to the Corredor do Senandes complex, the first wind project of Odebrecht Energia which will have 108 MW of installed capacity.