Windpower group Nordex has opened a production plant in the Brazilian state of Brazil Piaui.

The factory will produce the 65 concrete towers required for the Lagoa do Barro wind farm, which Nordex will be building.

It marks one of the first major investments in the state’s windpower industry. Large parts of the plant were originally located at a former facility in the south of Brazil and transported in heavy-duty loads to Lagoa do Barro City in around 300 trips.

Nordex said that the new factory will enable it to optimize the construction costs of the windfarm and complete construction work with minimum environmental impact.

Project manager David Lobo added:“We also wanted to ensure that the local population directly benefits from the project. Tower production alone will provide work for some 300 people.”

Hamburg-headquartered Nordex has also received a new order from PNE Wind AG for the installation of six N131/3600 turbines at the Gerdau windfarm.

The turbines will be installed close to the German town of Uelzen this autumn, after which Nordex will provide service for up to 20 years.

PNE was awarded the permit in the first round of tenders in 2018.

The order is the first calldown under a framework contract signed last year for a total volume of around 140 MW which is to go on line in Germany by 2020.

For most of the projects, PNE Wind has opted for the N149/4.0-4.5 turbines, which will be going into volume production in 2019.

Nordex said the contract “will take effect step-by-step when the other projects are awarded in the upcoming tendering rounds and construction permits are granted under the German Federal Noise Protection Act”.

The company added that the contract is to be broadened to include foreign projects.

Nordex has installed windpower capacity of more than 23 GW in over 25 markets, generating sales of almost €3.1bn in 2017.

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