Alstom Expands Production of Wind-Turbine Components in Brazil

Alstom SA, the French power-equipment maker, is expanding production of wind-turbine components in Brazil to 900 megawatts a year.

The company will invest 3 million euros ($3.9 million) in the next four months to add a third shift at its plant in the northeastern state of Bahia, Levallois-Perret, France-based Alstom said in an e-mailed statement Sept. 19.

The extra shift will add 300 megawatts of production capacity at the plant, which manufactures nacelles and hubs for wind turbines.

Alstom has a 13 percent share of the wind turbine market in Brazil, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The company also produces towers for wind turbines at a plant in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul and recently formed a joint venture with the Brazilian engineering and construction company Andrade Gutierrez SA to open a tower factory in Bahia state.

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