Chinese state-owned engineering firm Sinoma plans to build a blade factory in Bahia, north-eastern Brazil, after a meeting with the state’s governor.
The plant would be the company’s first wind blade production facility outside of China.
Sinoma operates seven blade factories in its native country. It has an annual production capacity of 4,000 blade sets and makes blades for both onshore and offshore wind turbines. It also produces lithium batteries and gas cylinders, according to its website.
Bahia governor Rui Costa spoke with executives of the Chinese company in late October from Sinoma’s office in Dubai, according to a statement released by the state government’s press office.
Sinoma’s Brazilian plant would be located in the city of Camacari, cover 35,000m2 and include four production lines.
"We are very interested in having this factory in Bahia,” said Costa after the virtual meeting. There are still some details for it to materialise and the state will give all the support to make it happen as soon as possible.
“If everything works out, we believe that they will begin implementation in 2022.”
Sinoma would initially employ 500 workers at the plant, but that number could rise to 1,200 through an expansion to be carried out three years after the start of operations.
Neither Sinoma or Bahia state has indicated when production might start at the factory or given dimensions of the blades to be produced there.
North-eastern Brazil is home to dozens of wind energy projects in development, and Bahia offers the necessary road and port infrastructure to build a factory, the governor said.
Sinoma has produced blades for 27.9GW of installed wind capacity worldwide, according to its website.