Alstom has been awarded a turnkey contract worth approximately €100 million from Eletrosul Centrais Electricas S/A to integrate wind farms located at Rio Grande do Sul State, all situated at the southernmost tip of Brazil, into the country’s transmission grid. This project is scheduled for commercial operation in March 2018.
To complete this project, Alstom will lead a consortium to provide a turnkey solution, including the supply of two new substations and the extension of six existing substations, which will connect the power from the wind farms substations. This project, known as Lots A1 & A4 from the Brazilian Electricity Regulatory Agency (ANEEL) auction, opens the door to further integration of renewable energies, empowering the country to better forecast its wind energy capacity for the next six years, playing a key role in strengthening Brazil’s transmission system. Alstom will supply its products, software and automation technologies with equipment produced locally at Canoas and Itajuba sites, in Brazil.
“The southern region of Brazil has huge wind energy potential and will now be able to fully optimize this alternative energy, ultimately creating diversity in the overall energy mix for over 30 million people. This contract reinforces Alstom’s leadership in supplying customer-centered solutions and an expert, local engineering team on the ground to bring innovative technologies to optimize grid performance”, says Sérgio Gomes, Vice President of Alstom Grid in Latin America.
Alstom has been present in Brazil for 60 years and has completed over 30 transmission turnkey projects in the country in the 230 kV and 500 kV market.