Vestas eyes third-party service as Brazil centre opens

Danish turbine maker Vestas has inaugurated a service centre in Brazil with an eye on the maintenance of more than 800MW of its own machines operating in the country – and those of other OEMs there.

Located in the Northeastern state of Rio Grande do Norte – which accounts for about 30% of Brazil’s total 11GW wind capacity – Vestas said “the new service centre of 1,200 square metres will improve logistics of parts and equipment for the maintenance of wind farms, even of those that do not use Vestas technology”.

Vestas has been offering service for other OEMs worldwide as part of its growth strategy, and this will be the first time that it does so in Brazil.

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Apart from the other five OEMs with assembly plants in Brazil – GE, Acciona, Gamesa, WEG and Enercon – Brazil’s 5,000-strong turbine fleet includes other brands such as Suzlon, Sinovel and even Argentina’s troubled Impsa.

A Vestas spokesperson couldn’t immediately say if there were any third-party maintenance service contracts signed in Brazil.

The 100 new employees at the service centre will focus mainly on Vestas’ 600MW operating in Rio Grande do Norte and another 120MW elsewhere in Brazil.

“The inauguration of the service centre will optimise support for these installations, allowing Vestas to be closer to its clients and being strategic for the expansion and consolidation of the company in the region,” said Rogério Zampronha, Vestas Brazil manager.

In January 2016, Vestas inaugurated its nacelle assembly plant in the same state.

Aside from the 820MW in operation in Brazil, the Danish firm has signed another 371MW of contracts that are still to be delivered from its nacelle assembly unit, also located in the state of Rio Grande do Norte.

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