Acciona Windpower has opened a new wind turbine hub assembly plant in Simoes Filho, Brazil.
The plant will produce 135 hubs a year for the company's 3 MW AW-3000 wind turbine. Acciona says the new facility will employee 30 people and that 180 indirect jobs will also be created as a result of other companies supplying components to the plant. Acciona will also source blades and towers from Brazilian manufacturers, leading to the creation of an estimated 500 additional jobs, according to the company.
Acciona hopes the new initiative will help the company expand its presence in the Brazilian wind energy market. The company recently signed its first contract with CPFL Renovaveis to supply 40 3 MW wind turbines for the Atlantica wind farm in Rio Grande do Sul, in southern Brazil. Acciona has already signed a contract with a company in Fortaleza to produce blades for the wind turbines that will be installed in Brazil.