ACCIONA Windpower, a subsidiary of the ACCIONA Group dedicated to the design, manufacture, and sale of wind turbines, today inaugurated its wind turbine hub assembly plant in Simões Filho (Bahia, Brazil). This is ACCIONA’s first industrial initiative in Brazil, aimed at supplying wind turbines to the country’s fast-growing wind energy sector.
The assembly plant will produce 135 hubs a year for the 3-MW AW-3000 wind turbine, the biggest model designed and manufactured by ACCIONA Windpower. The main function of the hub is to join the blades to the power train and transfer the energy captured by the blades.
The plant will employ 30 people. In addition, the plant will induce 180 indirect jobs in companies supplying components to the plant.
ACCIONA Windpower will also source blades and towers from Brazilian manufacturers, leading to the creation of some 500 additional jobs. In total, ACCIONA’s industrial initiative is expected to support a total of 700 direct and indirect jobs.
ACCIONA Windpower is firmly committed to Brazil. The Company expects its new industrial venture to improve its competitive position within the industry.
The Simões Filho plant is ACCIONA Windpower’s fifth manufacturing facility. The Company has three wind turbine assembly plants (two in Spain and one in the United States) and a blade plant, also in Spain.
ACCIONA Windpower recently signed its first contract with CPFL Renováveis to supply 40 wind turbines (totaling 120 MW capacity) for its Atlántica wind farm in Rio Grande do Sul, in the south of Brazil.
The wind farm will incorporate the 3-MW AW116/3000 turbine. This model has a rotor diameter of 116 meters and is installed on a 120-meter concrete tower, manufactured using a novel ‘on site’ system.
ACCIONA has already signed a contract with a company in Fortaleza to produce blades for the wind turbines that will be installed in Brazil.