Vila Acre Wind
Farm in Brazil
Voltalia in October said that it has
started construction on the Vila
Acre wind farm in Brazil.
Totaling 27 MW of installed
capacity, the plant will be
equipped with Gamesa turbines.
Voltalia is working with local firms
SIMM and the Mercurius group
for electrical and civil engineering
The Vila Acre wind farm is
expected to be commissioned in
Q317, according to Voltalia.
In related news, Voltalia said
that, as of October, it had commissioned 32 out of the 33 turbines planned for the 99-M W
Vila Para wind farm. The company said that it plans to complete
commissioning ahead of its original date in Q416. ￮
Altitec Secures International
Blade Inspection Contract
Blade repair and inspection firm Altitec has partnered with a leading manufacturer of on- and offshore wind turbines to provide end of warranty (EOW) blade inspections and repairs in the U.K.
Under the terms of the contract, Altitec will pro-
vide EOW inspections at 100 sites throughout the U.K.
The company said it has partnered with a Mel-
bourne-based distributor to secure the use of Act-
Safe Ascenders for efficient and environmental-
ly friendly blade access. The use of powered rope
ascenders allows Altitec’s trained rope access tech-
nicians to conduct up to 35 percent more work on
average than without, boosting the efficiency of the
“Altitec’s unparalleled experience in blade repair
and ability to draw on a well-established network
of ActSafe partners was crucial to securing this
contract,” Tom Dyffort, managing director, Altitec
Group, said. “The deal represents a first foray into
the Australian market, and we’re looking forward to
further expanding our global reach.” ￮
Mexico’s Energy Reform Will Boost
Renewables, IEA Report Says
Energy reform in Mexico is expected to increase the share of renewables in the power sector and improve economic growth in the coming decades, according to the International Energy Agency.
According to IEA’s Mexico Energy Outlook, released in October as
part of IEA’s World Energy Outlook, Mexico’s innovative auction system provides a substantial boost to Mexico’s clean energy efforts in
the power sector. The report found that more than half of the country’s new power generation capacity installed between now and 2040
is renewables-based, tapping Mexico’s large wind and solar resources.
The reform ends the longstanding dominance of Petróleos Mexicanos in oil and gas, and of the Comisión Federal de Electricidad in the
electricity sector, opening up key parts of the energy sector to new
players, investment and technology.
“This is not a reform, it’s a revolution on an unprecedented scale,”
Dr. Fatih Birol, executive director of the IEA, said. “This transformation touches every sector of the Mexican energy industry and goes
well beyond. However, let’s not underestimate the task ahead. It is
a huge undertaking and there will be challenges but the reform has
made remarkable progress. The government’s path forward is the
right one and the IEA stands ready to assist.” ￮