GE Renewable Energy has announced that it has been selected by Rio Energy for the production, delivery, installation, and commissioning of 30 Cypress onshore wind turbines, operating in a range from 4.8MW to 5.1MW. This is the second contract signed by GE and Rio Energy in Brazil, and GE’s second Cypress announcement in the country.
The turbines will be installed at Rio Energy’s Serra da Babilonia wind farm – located near the municipalities of Morro do Chapéu, Ourolândia, and Várzea Nova in the state of Bahia – and will add approximately 150MW to the wind farm complex, which currently has 223.25MW of installed capacity. The turbines will be the first Cypress units manufactured and delivered in Brazil, and are expected to be installed in the last quarter of 2020.
Several key components of these Cypress units will be manufactured in Brazil, including assembly at GE’s facility in Camaçari, and blades produced by LM Wind Power in the Port of Suape.
Vikas Anand, CEO for Onshore Wind, Americas, for GE Renewable Energy, said: “We are delighted that Rio Energy has selected GE’s Cypress platform for the Serra da Babilonia wind farm in Brazil. Rio Energy has been key to supporting Brazil’s renewable energy goals, and we are proud to work with them to help provide renewable, sustainable energy across the region.”
The contract also includes a ten-year O&M agreement for all equipment supplied by GE at the wind farm, with the potential to extend to 20 years.