GE expands Brazilian operation

US industrial giant GE has announced the expansion of its Brazilian wind turbine plant and the opening of two service centres in the country.

GE will add 35 skilled workers to produce nacelles at its Campinas, São Paulo, manufacturing facility.

The plant will now make nacelles for GE’s 1.7-100 and 1.85-82.5 models. It already produces turbine hubs.

GE said its turbines accounted for 40% of the more than 1GW of wind Brazil connected to the grid last year.

“The Campinas facility expansion will enable GE to continue to provide high-quality wind technology while enabling our customers to have access to Brazil’s BNDES [development bank] financing lines,” the company said.

GE will also open wind services centres in Bahia and Rio Grande do Norte, employing 100 technicians between them.

The US group has just installed its 500th turbine in Brazil.