Brazil tower-maker ramps up

Brazilian steel wind tower manufacturer Engebasa plans to almost triple annual production capacity to 468 from the current 168 from the second quarter of 2014 when it starts operations at a new factory, the company's financial manager Graziele Fernandez told Recharge.

The plant will be located in the town of Gauíba in the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul.

“Initially we will supply local demand here in the south, but later we will supply other regions from here,” Fernandez said.

Engebasa currently holds a 35% share of Brazil's wind tower market from its production facilities in the state of São Paulo and in the northeast.

It supplies customised towers to Gamesa, Impsa, Wobben, Alstom and Suzlon.

Engebasa started building the new factory in November 2013 when it obtained clearance from environmental authorities.

Total investment in the new factory is estimated at R$76m (US$31m), R$58m of which was financed by BNDES through local development bank Badesul.