Alstom wins 97MW Brazil order

France's Alstom has signed a €120m ($163.2m) contract with Brazilian power generator Tractebel Energia to supply 36 2.7MW ECO 122 wind turbines to the Trairí II project.

Located in Ceará State, northeast of Brazil, the commissioning of the 97.2MW project is scheduled for mid-2016. 

Alstom will be in charge of the operation and maintenance of the wind farm for ten years.

"The Trairí II project will be the first to use our new 119-metre towers that allow us to better harness wind resources regardless of wind characteristics," says Yves Rannou, senior vice president of Alstom Wind.

The new tower, produced in consortium with Freyssinet, will be made of 11 concrete sections.

Alstom says it will use a "unique installation method based on proven hydraulic lifting techniques used in civil engineering" to facilitate the assembly of the nacelle and tower.

The nacelles of the wind turbines will be manufactured at Alstom's plant in Bahia. 

Since 2010, Alstom has signed contracts to provide more than 2GW to wind projects in Brazil, including the supply of over 600 ECO 122 turbines.