Aug 9, 2011 - Danish wind-turbine maker Vestas Wind Systems A/S (CPH:VWS) on Monday unveiled the establishment of a nacelle assembly facility in Brazil as part of the company's plan to develop its local value chain in the country.
The investment is part of Vestas's capital expenditure programme for 2011. It also includes an operations cluster comprising three centres engaged in service and maintenance activities and training plus spare parts and supply chain activities.
The assembly facility and the operations cluster will be located in Fortaleza in the state of Ceara, northeastern Brazil. The assembly facility is to come on stream in the fourth quarter of 2011. Annual capacity at the plant, when fully operational, is planned at around 400 nacelles of Vestas V90 and V100 turbine type, which is equal to 800 MW a year.
By the end of 2010, Vestas had delivered 204 MW of wind power equipment to the Brazilian market. Since the start of 2011, it has already secured orders for 308 MW.
In June, the Brazilian Ministry of Mines and Energy unveiled a 10-year energy plan that envisages 12,000 MW of installed wind power capacity by 2020. This translates into a 7% share of wind power in the national energy mix.