Suzlon breaks Enercon monopoly in Brazil

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India's Suzlon has delivered its first wind turbines for erection in Brazil. Nineteen 2.1 MW units have been delivered to Siif Energies do Brasil for three wind plant in the windy north-eastern state of Ceará: Paracurua at 23.4 MW, Canoa Quebrada at 10.5 MW and Lagoa do Mato at 3.25 MW. The delivery is part of a 107-turbine order placed by Siif for six projects with a combined capacity of 220 MW and a price tag of BRL 1 billion ($533 million). The projects all won contracts under the government's Proinfa wind power program. Regional development agency Agência de Desenvolvimento do Nordeste has provided 60% of the financing, with Banco do Nordeste do Brasil and Siif contributing 20% each. Siif, a firm with French roots, was acquired by Portuguese renewables company HLC in 2005. Under Proinfa's schedule, the first three wind stations should be online by January and the next three by the start of 2009, says Ivo Carvalho de Albuquerque at consultancy Brasilco, which advises Siif. Although Siif is importing the turbines, it will meet Proinfa's requirement for 60% of the cost of the wind farms to be incurred in Brazil, says Albuquerque. The use of Suzlon turbines breaks the monopoly on the Brazilian wind market held by Brazil's Wobben Wind Power, an offshoot of German wind turbine maker Enercon. HLC said last year that by 2011 it intends to inject up to BRL $3.9 billion ($2 billion) in 15 wind power projects with an installed capacity of around 1 GW.

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