Nordex secures turbine contract for Statkraft’s construction-ready wind project in Brazil

Norwegian energy company Statkraft AS is poised to begin constructing a 519MW onshore wind project in Northeastern Brazil after closing a turbine supply contract with German manufacturer Nordex.

The Ventos de Santa Eugenia wind project will comprise of 10 wind farms with a total of 91 turbines in the state of Bahia, located close to Statkraft’s existing Bahia wind power assets.

When operational, Ventos de Santa will more than double Statkraft’s renewable energy capacity in Brazil, generating almost 2.3TWh of renewable energy per year.

State-owned Statkraft will invest a total of US$444.6 million in the project, which is scheduled to be completed by June 2023, with construction commencing in January 2021.

Nordex will supply its 163/5.7MW wind turbines – the largest used by Statkraft to date. With a diameter of 163 metres, the rotors will cover an area equal to almost three standard football pitches.

“As Brazil is probably one of the most competitive countries in the world when it comes to renewables, I’m very pleased to see that Statkraft is able to produce a competitive and profitable project like this,” said Statkraft country manager Brazil, Fernando de Lapuerta.