28 June 2013

GE Opens New Wind Energy Services Center in Brazil

São Paulo, Brazil – 27 June 2013 - GE, one of the world's leading wind turbine suppliers with more than 20,000 units installed, announced the opening of a new wind energy services center in Bahia, Brazil. This facility is the first of two service centers opening in Brazil this year. 

According to the Global Wind Energy Council, wind energy is one of Brazil’s fastest growing energy sources and the country has become a leader in the South American wind energy market. GE has 450 wind turbine units installed in Brazil and the company is expected to be the top wind turbine supplier in the country by the end of the year with over 1 GW of installed capacity, half of which will be installed near the new service center in Bahia.

The opening of this wind services center builds on GE’s near century long relationship with Brazil,” said Jean-Claude Robert, general manager of Latin America for GE’s renewable energy business. “We are proud to be working closely with the people of Bahia to provide the technology and services necessary to pursue the country’s significant wind energy opportunities. Our new service center expands our already deep local expertise and enables us to more efficiently provide industry-leading service to our customers.”

The center in Bahia, as well as a second scheduled to open in Rio Grande do Norte later this year, are part of GE’s larger services strategy, which puts advanced technology and local expertise to work for customers. The service centers represent a $1.5 million investment in Brazil and will employ more than 100 service technicians. Engineers at the new facilities will monitor wind operations and weather, as well as dispatch local technicians to wind farms to perform maintenance and maintain a store of essential parts. Engineers and technicians at the Bahia service center will focus their work on GE’s 1.6-82.5 and 1.85-82.5 wind turbines, which incorporate cutting-edge software and other mechanical components that allow for increased power production while maintaining a 20-year design life.

Wind is an increasingly critical part of Brazil’s energy mix,” said Aldo Vacaflores, services leader for Brazil, GE Power & Water. “The country has enjoyed tremendous expansion of the wind industry over the past few years and GE’s new service center will help our customers put wind to work in smarter and more efficient ways while expanding the country’s corps of trained wind professionals.”

GE has had a presence in Brazil since 1919 and, today, employs more than 8,000 people in the country. The company has operations throughout Brazil, including in Bahia, São Paulo, Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro. 

Source: GE