|GE is leading Brazilian turbine manufacturer|
|Sunday, 26 June 2011 17:22|
It has been reported that GE is the leading turbine manufacturer in Brazil. The company began producing equipment for the wind industry in 2009 and is expected to supply 22 of all the turbines to be installed at wind parks which were awarded contracts in auctions over the past two years – with total capacity of 3.9 GW.
According to Marcelo Prado, GE’s marketing director for Latin America:
"The company's ability to manufacture in high volume have helped it offer competitive prices and land orders”.
Prado says GE’s target is a 30% share of contracts in forthcoming auctions. The firm plans to invest $500 million in Brazilian wind over the next two years and may consider expanding manufacturing capacity in the northeast of the country.
Number two and three turbine manufacturers in Brazil are IMPSA of Argentina, with 20%, and Wobben (a subsidiary of Enercon GmbH) with 14%, according to statistics from GE.
MAKE Consulting, which undertook research for GE Energy, expects new installations in Brazil of over 1000 MW annually by 2015 – by which the total capacity in the market will have topped the 5000 MW level.