Its Brazilian arm will source power from Casa dos Ventos’ 504MW Rio do Vento Rio do Vento (504MW) OnshoreState of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, Central & South America Click to see full details wind farm in Rio Grande do Norte in the country’s north-east through a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA).
The deal also gives Anglo American the option to buy a stake in Rio do Vento — an eight-wind farm cluster — when it is commissioned in the second half of 2021.
Anglo American will buy 95MW of the output from three of these projects with a combined capacity of 195MW. This will account for 30% of all the energy consumed at its Brazilian plants, the mining company stated.
Casa dos Ventos claims it is the largest corporate renewable energy contract ever concluded in the country.
Anglo American added: “This acquisition represents the largest volume of purchase of renewable energy with self-production carried out directly between a consumer and an energy generator in the country.”
Its CEO Wilfred Bruijn added that the deal showed that his company was becoming an “energy self-producer”.
Anglo American aims to use renewable energy sources for all of its electricity consumption by 2022, and plans to reduce its global carbon dioxide emissions by 30% by 2030.
The three wind farms it will buy power from are under construction in Caiçara do Rio do Vento, Riachuelo, Bento Fernandes and Ruy Barbosa municipalities, in Rio Grande do Norte.
Vestas is due to supply, install and commission 120 V150-4.2MW turbines for the cluster.