Wind Energy Power Plants - Argentina & Brazil
Alegria
Location: BR-RN
Operator: Endesa Eco
Configuration: 31 X 1.65 MW V82
Operation: 2010
WTG supplier: Vestas
EPC: Consórcio Engineering, L&M Engenharia, Cortez Engenharia, Mercurius Engenharia, DoisA Engenharia
Quick facts: The Alegria wind plant is on a 2,243ha site on the Atlantic Ocean near Guamaré. The first phase started up in Dec 2010. Alegria is grid-connected via a 3.5km, 69kV line to COSERN's Guamaré substation. The WTGs were delivered through Porto Suape in Pernambuco.

Photograph courtesy of Multiner SA
Posted 10 Apr 2011

Aratua-I
Location: BR-RN
Operator: Bioenergy Geradora de Energia Ltda
Configuration: 9 X 1.6 MW
Operation: 2012
WTG supplier: GE Wind Energy
EPC: Cortez Engenharia Ltda
Quick facts: On 1 Mar 2012, Bioenergy officially launched the Aratua-I and Miassaba-II wind parks,in the city of Guamare in northeastern Rio Grande do Norte. The two facilities cost BRL 120mn.

Photograph courtesy of Bioenergy Geradora de Energia Ltda
Posted 8 Jun 2013

Macau Field
Location: BR-RN
Operator: Petrobras
Configuration: 3 X 600-kW E-40
Operation: 2003
WTG supplier: Enercon
EPC: Wobben
Quick facts: This unique project replaces a portion of the electricity use at Petrobras production facilities near Macau with renewable energy. The local onshore fields Conceição, Salina Crystal, Macau and Serra are connected to a small Petrobras 13.8kV grid which previously was 100% supplied by electricity from COSERN. Two small offshore platforms at Aratum have onboard diesel gensets. The reais 6.7mn wind project went online in Dec 2003. The WTGs are connected to the local 13.8kV gid seving the onshore facilities and a new 4.16kV, 6,350m cable was built to connect the Aratum platforms.

Photograph courtesy of Petrobras
Posted 28 Dec 2011

Mel-II
Location: BR-RN
Operator: Neoenergia SA
Configuration: 10 X 2-MW G90
Operation: 2013
WTG supplier: Gamesa

Photograph courtesy of Iberdrola
Posted 9 Jun 2013

Millenium
Location: BR-PB
Operator: Pacific Hydro Brasil
Configuration: 13 X 800-kW E-48
Operation: 2008
WTG supplier: Enercon
EPC: Wobben
Quick facts: Millennium wind farm is in the state of Paraiba in northeast Brazil. Energy from the A$32mn project is sold under a long term sales agreement to Eletrobrás. Production is about 34 GWh/yr.

Photograph courtesy of Wobben Windpower Industria e Comercio Ltda
Posted 28 Feb 2009

Mucuripe Repower
Location: BR-CE
Operator: Wobben Windpower Industria e Comercio Ltda
Configuration: 4 X 600-kW E-40
Operation: 2001
WTG supplier: Enercon
EPC: Wobben, Mercurius
Quick facts: These four machines replaced 4 X 300 kW Tacke turbines installed in 1996 at Mucuripe Port in Ceará as one of Brazil's first commercial wind plants. The new plant opened in Jan 2002 and the dismantled Tacke turbines were sent to Universidade Federal do Ceará (UFC) and Universidade de Fortaleza (Unifor) to assist in technical instruction and training. Electricity is sold to Coelce.

Photograph courtesy of Wobben Windpower Industria e Comercio Ltda
Posted 28 Feb 2009

Osorio
Location: BR-RS
Operator: Enerfin Brasil
Configuration: 25 X 2-MW E-70
Operation: 2006
WTG supplier: Enercon
EPC: Wobben
Quick facts: This wind park is in Itamar Aguiar and Palácio Piratini, RS.

Photograph courtesy of Governo do Estado Rio Grande do Sul
Posted 16 Aug 2009

Paracuru
Location: BR-CE
Operator: CPFL Renovaveis
Configuration: 12 X 2.1-MW S88
Operation: 2008
WTG supplier: Suzlon
Quick facts: In August 2001, Siif Energies do Brasil announced that it would invest $1bn in five wind farms in Brazil’s northeast. In 2005, SEBL was acquired by Aeolus Wind from EDF Energies Nouvelles and the company was later sold on to an investor group consisting of Citigroup, Liberty Mutual, and Black River Asset Management.The Paracuru wind park about 90km from Fortaleza in Ceara was commissioned in Dec 2008 with 12 Suzlon WTGs, part of a 225-MW WTG order placed in Oct 2006.

Photograph courtesy of Suzlon
Posted 26 Jul 2009

Rio do Fogo
Location: BR-RN
Operator: Iberdrola Brasil
Configuration: 62 X 800-kW E-48
Operation: 2006
WTG supplier: Enercon
EPC: Wobben
Quick facts: The $90mn Rio do Fogo project in Northern Brazil was the country's first large-scale wind plant. International Finance Corp made a $5.5mn equity investment in Rio do Fogo, which has a 20yr PPA with Eletrobras and is part of the PROINFA program to support expanded use of renewable energy with special tariffs.

Photograph courtesy of Iberdrola
Posted 8 Aug 2007

 

Rivadavia (Antonio Moran)
Location: Argentina
Operator: Sociedad Cooperativa Popular Ltda
Configuration: 2 X 250 kW, 8 X 750 kW
Operation: 1994-1997
WTG supplier: Micon
Quick facts: This wind farm in Patagonia was the first large-scale wind farm in Latin America.

Photograph courtesy of Sociedad Cooperativa Popular Ltda
Posted 13 Feb 2005

Valde dos Ventos
Location: BR-PB
Operator: Pacific Hydro Brasil
Configuration: 60 X 800-kW E48/800
Operation: 2008
WTG supplier: Enercon
EPC: Wobben
Quick facts: This wind farm is on private farming land hosted by five sugar cane farmers in the north eastern region of Mataraca. Output is sold under a long-term sales agreement to Eletrobrás.

Photograph courtesy of Pacific Hydro
Posted 30 Oct 2011

Abbreviations

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 09-Jun-2013

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