Norwegian state-owned renewable energy utility Statkraft has commenced construction work on a new 519-megawatt (MW) wind farm in Northeast Brazil, Kallanish Energy reports.
The company announced on Monday that the Ventos de Santa Eugenia wind project near Uibaí in the state of Bahia is now at the construction-ready stage. The project has a total capacity of 518.7 MW and comprises of 91 turbines across 10 wind farms, supplied by German manufacturer Nordex.
Statkraft stated that the project will generate almost 2.3 terawatts (TWh) of renewable energy per annum, enough to supply 1.17 million Brazilian homes. Construction on the project is due to begin in January 2021, with the first batch of turbines due to commence operation in September 2022 and an expected completion date of June 2023. The project has a total investment cost of BRL 2.5 billion ($452 million).
Statkraft Brazil acquired a 660 MW wind project from a local Brazilian developer in 2019 and redesigned the initial project to expand it by approximately 450 MW to 1.1 gigawatts. Monday’s announcement covers the first 519 MW of this development, according to the company.
“The construction of Ventos de Santa Eugenia represents a significant step on the way to reaching the goal of developing 6 GW of wind power globally by 2025 and fulfil our ambition to become a leading renewable energy company in the world,” says EVP international power for Statkraft, Jürgen Tzschoppe.
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