(Adds details about order, comments from GE official)
SAO PAULO Feb 20 Manufacturer General Electric
Co agreed to supply 82 turbines to Brazil's CER
(Companhia de Energias Renováveis), which is building a wind
power complex in the country, GE's Latin America head for wind
power, Jean-Claude Robert, told Reuters on Monday.
The wind power turbines will be used in a project with total
generation capacity of 205 megawatts under construction in the
northeastern Bahia state.
"It was an important contract, gave us some relief,"
Jean-Claude Robert said. Financial details of the contract were
Wind power equipment makers are suffering as the deepest
recession in generations in Brazil reduced power demand and
forced the government to delay new construction licenses for
Equipment makers such as GE, Vestas Wind Systems AS
and Acciona SA, which invested in local plants a couple
of years ago, have seen orders plunge.
"This order will to help us go through this difficult period
until new licenses are issued again," the GE official said.
The turbines to be installed by CER are a new type GE
started to produce locally, the 2.5-116, which have a larger
generation capacity per unit compared with former machines.
Despite the order, Robert said the wind power industry in
Brazil urgently needs volume to keep up with operations and pay
But he sees signs of power demand recovery and expects the
government to restart distribution of licenses for new projects
(Reporting by Luciano Costa; Writing by Marcelo Teixeira;
Editing by Sandra Maler and Jonathan Oatis)