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GE and Casa dos Ventos team up to support wind energy production in Brazil

Two wind turbine operation and maintenance centers to be built at wind farms in the northeast portion of the country.

GE has announced the construction of two service centers focused on the operation and maintenance of wind turbines. The move is in response to the expansion of wind energy in Brazil and the importance of the source to the diversification of Brazil's power grid.  

The support centers will be staffed by GE technicians and engineers at wind farms operated by Casa dos Ventos and other clients at Chapada do Araripe (PI and PE) and in Garanhuns (PE), which will enable the companies to strengthen their relationships and provide local response much faster for both scheduled and unscheduled service needs. The partnership is expected to create around 100 new jobs.
“As wind power becomes increasingly relevant in the Brazilian energy matrix and Casa dos Ventos expands its investments in the sector, it is reassuring to count on GE’s continuous support,” said Virna Araripe, director of Casa dos Ventos. “This alliance reaffirms our commitment to contributing towards a more renewable energy matrix in Brazil.”
GE and Casa dos Ventos now have three wind farm clusters under construction. One of these is the Tianguá Cluster, in the state of Ceará, which has 77 GE 1.6-100 wind turbines, with delivery scheduled for the second half of 2015. The other two wind farm clusters are under way at the Garanhuns region, in the state of Pernambuco, which will have 233 GE 1.7-100 wind turbines, bringing 107 turbines to the Santa Brígida Cluster, presently in the installation phase, and the remaining 126 turbines to the São Clemente Cluster.
In all, about 530 megawatts of power will be generated by the three projects — enough to supply the demand of approximately 430,000 households.
Casa dos Ventors has developed projects in Ceará, Rio Grande do Norte, Pernambuco, Paraíba and Bahia e Piauí, totaling approximately 4.8 gigawatts GW of accumulated power in deployment or operation. For GE, the opening of the new support centers will help increase the company’s speed and flexibility in providing services for Casa dos Ventos.
“The extension of our services arm in collaboration with Casa dos Ventos reinforces the confidence of both companies in the continuous and sustained expansion of wind power in Brazil,” said Jean-Claude Robert, general manager of GE's renewable energy division in Latin America. “Casa dos Ventos is recognized for the quality of the development of its projects, and our relationship aims to maintain the same quality level, making the company our main wind power customer in the Latin American market.”
With its recent investments in operation and maintenance support units, GE now has two of its own service centers in operation, the first one being in Bahia and the second in Rio Grande do Norte, each employing approximately 50 people. Currently, more than 900 GE wind turbines are in operation or being installed in Brazil.
"Given the success of our operations in Brazil, we are ready to support Casa dos Ventos in any of its projects, in all the states where the company has operations,” GE’s Robert said. “Casa dos Ventos has excellent wind resource diagnostic systems, and GE equipment provides the efficiency needed for wind power production.”

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