Alstom signs $110m Brazilian wind farm contract

A consortium led by French engineer Alstom has been awarded a turnkey contract worth $110m to integrate wind farms located at Rio Grande do Sul in the southernmost tip of Brazil into the country’s transmission grid.

The project, which was awarded by Eletrosul Centrais Elétricas, will include the supply of two substations and the extension of six existing ones.

The scheme opens the door to further integration of renewable energies into the Brazilian grid and  will play a role in strengthening the country’s transmission system.

Sérgio Gomes, vice-president of Alstom Grid in Latin America, said: "The southern region has huge wind energy potential and will now be able fully to optimise this alternative energy, ultimately creating diversity in the overall energy mix for over 30 million people.

"This contract reinforces Alstom’s leadership in supplying customer-centred solutions and an expert, local engineering team on the ground to bring innovative technologies to optimize grid performance."

This project is scheduled for commercial operation in March 2018.

An Alstom consortium has recently been chosen to build a $1bn coal-burning generating unit at a power plant in Thailand.

Last year the company was fined a record $772m by the US Department of Justice for an "astounding" history of international bribery.

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