WEG announces a partnership with Statkraft, a leading international hydropower company and the largest generator of renewable energy in Europe, for the supply and installation of a wind turbine at the Brotas de Macaúbas Wind Complex in the state of Bahia.

The formalization took place on December 14, with the participation of Fernando De Lapuerta, CEO and President of Statkraft, Thiago Tomazzoli, VP of Strategic Operations, Harry Schmelzer Jr., CEO of WEG, and João Paulo Gualberto da Silva, Managing Director of WEG Energy Business Unit.

The collaboration between the companies will facilitate the installation of the AGW172/7.X wind turbine and the type certification of this platform. The equipment is the result of a strategic partnership signed earlier this year with Petrobras for the development of the first onshore wind turbine of this size – and the largest – that was designed and is being manufactured in Brazil. The forecast is that the wind turbine will be operational by the end of the first semester of 2024.

The expectation is that, from this initial project, the companies can together explore new business opportunities both domestically and internationally. "This is a pioneering and innovative project in Brazil. We want to continue investing in efficient solutions for our assets and continue contributing to injecting even more clean energy into the country," emphasizes Fernando.

"Our experience in project execution and the wide range of solutions for renewable energy enable us to be a global partner for Statkraft in the wind, solar, hydropower, and new energy segments, such as low-carbon energy storage and hydrogen. In this project, in addition to supplying the wind turbine of the platform, we will provide civil and electrical works to enable the installation and start the repowering process of the Brotas de Macaúba Wind Complex," emphasizes João Paulo Gualberto da Silva, Managing Director of WEG Energy Business Unit.

WEG has been continuously investing to diversify its product and solution line focusing on decarbonization and recently announced investments in its manufacturing plants, which will allow expanding its participation in electrification and renewable energy businesses in strategic markets.

About Statkraft

With 5,700 employees in 21 countries, Statkraft is a global leader in hydropower and the largest generator of renewable energy in Europe. The group produces hydropower, wind energy, solar energy, gas energy, and provides urban heating.

Guided by ethics and transparency, the company is headquartered in Florianópolis, state of Santa Catarina. Currently, Statkraft controls 18 renewable generation assets in Brazil. In November, Statkraft signed an agreement to acquire Enerfín, the renewable subsidiary of the Spanish company Elecnor, which includes nine operational wind farms in the states of Rio Grande do Sul and Rio Grande do Norte. This acquisition has positioned the company as one of the largest wind energy generators in Brazil, surpassing the 2GW installed capacity mark, considering acquisitions, constructions, and operations in the country.

The company is a pioneer in offering traceable renewable energy with a guarantee of origin in Brazil, certifying the origin of its energy production through the I-REC (International Renewable Energy Certificate). This ensures that the operation is sustainable.