Vestas partnering with LM Wind Power for blade production in Brazil
Posted on 06 May 2022 and read 924 times
To develop its wind energy supply chain and produce main components close to key markets, Vestas
has further strengthened its global manufacturing footprint with a supply agreement with LM Wind Power
, a leading manufacturer of wind blades. The multi-year agreement includes production of V150-4.2MW turbine blades; and while primarily for the Brazilian market, there will be the flexibility to export if applicable.
LM Wind Power will supply the blades from its factory in Ipojuca, in the State of Pernambuco in Brazil. Production is scheduled to start in the second half of 2022, adding local jobs, encouraging direct and in-direct investments in the Brazilian supply chain, and expanding Vestas’s global manufacturing set-up.
Tommy Rahbek Nielsen, Vestas’s executive vice president and COO, said: “This partnership is a good example of how we can develop and expand the wind energy supply chain to drive the needed scale of renewables by increasing the use of standardised components and shared manufacturing operations between OEMs, thereby adopting a similar approach to the automotive industry. We have chosen to work with LM Wind Power because of its proven and extensive design and engineering capabilities as well as its proven global footprint.”
Dorte Kamper, LM Wind Power’s vice president of sales and marketing, added: “Now more than ever, collaboration throughout the value chain is crucial for the wind industry to sustain a healthy growth and deliver on what an electrified and ‘net zero’ world needs from us. We look forward to leveraging our engineering and manufacturing capabilities and delivering high-quality blades for Vestas.”
Vestas has surpassed 18GW of order intake globally for the V150-4.2MW and V150-4.5MW wind turbine variants, of which more than 6.5 GW has been secured in Brazil and 700MW in other Latin American markets, making it Vestas’s most sold wind turbine variants of all time.