The Nordex Group has received an order to supply 70 of its N163/5.X wind turbines for a farm in Brazil’s northeast state of Piaui. The contract also includes the service of the turbines over a period of five years.
Installation of the turbines, which will be delivered in a project-specific operating mode of 5.7 MW, is scheduled to start in early 2023. Total capacity of the unnamed farm will be 399 MW when complete. The press release did not indicate the company awarding the contract to the Nordex Group.
For this contract, the Nordex Group will manufacture the rotor blades and the 120-m-high concrete towers locally, thus securing and creating jobs in the country. Nordex Group’s customers in Brazil are able to purchase N163/5.X wind turbines using the credit line known as FINAME, as well as other similar financing lines that use the BNDES (National Bank for Economic and Social Development) accreditation system as parameter for defining local content, according to a press release. The Nordex Group obtained this accreditation for the N163/5.X wind turbine model at the end of 2020 from the largest public development bank in Brazil.
The Nordex Group has installed more than 33 GW of wind energy capacity in over 40 markets. The company employs a workforce of about 8,500. The product portfolio is focused on onshore turbines in the 4 to 5.X MW class.