Italian renewable energy firm Enel Green Power (EGP), through its Brazilian subsidiary Enel Green Power Brasil Participações (EGPB), has begun construction on the 716MW Lagoa dos Ventos wind farmin Brazil.
Located in the municipalities of Lagoa do Barro do Piauí, Queimada Nova and Dom Inocêncio, in the state of Piauí, the BRL3bn (€700m)project is touted to be the largest wind facility being constructed in South America and EGP’s largest wind farm worldwide.
The investment in the facility is in line with Enel’s 2019-2021 strategic plan and will be financed through the group’s own sources. The wind farm is expected to enter into operation in 2021.
Enel Green PowerheadAntonio Cammisecra said: “The start of construction of this record-breaking wind project in Brazil is a major milestone for our presence in the country, which continues to be one of the most prominent markets for Enel Green Power.
“As the largest wind facility for Enel Green Power worldwide, Lagoa dos Ventos will set a new, higher standard in the construction of large sustainable energy infrastructure, further contributing to the diversification of the country’s energy mix.”
The Lagoa dos Ventos wind facility consists of 230 wind turbines and after commissioning, it will be able to generate more than 3.3TWh per year, while avoiding the emission of over 1.6mtonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere.
Out of the wind farm’s total installed capacity of 716MW, Enel Green Power has been awarded 510MW in Brazil’s A-6 public tender in December 2017.
It is also supported by 20-year power supply contracts with distribution companies operating in the country’s regulated market.
The output from the remaining 206MW will be delivered to the free market for sale to retail customers, leveraging Enel’s presence in the country.
EGPB has designed an innovative plant layout that is expected to optimise the project’s energy output.
The company will also use innovative tools and methods, including proximity sensors on machinery to boost site safety; drones for topographic survey; smart tracking of wind turbine components;and advanced digital platforms and software solutions to monitor and remotely support site activities and plant commissioning.
The company expects these processes and tools to enable swifter, accurate and reliable data collection, improving the quality of construction and facilitating communication between on-site and off-site teams.
The company will also implement initiatives such as water-saving and recycling as well as lighting efficiency measures in line with its Sustainable Construction Site model.
Image: Enel begins construction on 716MW wind farm in Brazil. Photo: Courtesy of Anna Jiménez Calaf on Unsplash.