UPDATE - Vestas opens 400-MW factory in Brazil's Ceara

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The article has been updated on January 20.

January 20 (SeeNews) - Denmark’s Vestas Wind Systems A/S (CPH:VWS) opened on Monday its Brazilian hub andnacelle manufacturing unit in the municipality of Aquiraz, Ceara state.

As previously announced, the factory is planned to reach an annual capacity of 200 nacelles, or 400 MW in total. It will produce hubs and nacelles for the V110-2.0 MW turbine model.

The new plant will help Vestas meet the rising production demands in Brazil and Latin America. Last year, the company announced orders for 376 MW for projects in Brazil. It has installed in the country 713 MW since it entered the market in 2000.

Vestas expects to localise 70% of hub and nacelle manufacturing for Brazil. The firm also has deals with Aeris to produce blades and with ABB to make generators locally.

The Ceara state government aims to attract more investors and companies that make wind turbine components, Deputy Secretary of Energy, Mining and Telecommunications, Renato Rolim said yesterday. Apart from Vestas, other manufacturers produce blades and towers in the state.

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