Norwegian state-owned energy company Statkraft AS has completed the energisation of the power distribution infrastructure tied to the 518.7-MW Ventos de Santa Eugenia wind project in northeastern Brazil.
The company said in a statement it has switched on a 500 kV substation and a 60-km transmission line that will enable the start of test operation of the first wind turbines.
Dubbed Stakraft's largest wind power project in South America, Ventos de Santa Eugenia is about 80% completed. The commercial operation of the last wind park in the complex is scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2023, said Guilherme Melo, project director at Statkraft Brasil.
Located in the municipalities of Uibai and Ibipeba, Bahia state, the wind complex costs an investment of BRL 2.5 billion (USD 487.6m/EUR 478.3m). It will feature 91 turbines and be capable of generating clean electricity for over one million local homes.