Spain-based Acciona Group has launched a wind turbine hub assembly plant in Simões Filho in the province of Bahia in Brazil.

The new plant will be operated through its subsidiary Acciona Windpower and it has the capacity of producing 135 units per annum to serve the 3MW AW-3000 wind turbines.

Acciona energy division director-general Rafael Mateo remarked that the facility will employ several locally-made components, thereby, aiding the development of ancillary units in the region.

"Our wind power technology, proven in four continents, is reliable and competitive and has awoken great interest in Brazil. We are proud to be contributing to the development a new industrial sector in Brazil, based on renewable energy technology," added Mateo.

The facility is expected to create nearly 700 direct and indirect jobs for the region.

Acciona also secured its first contract with CPFL Renováveis to supply 40 wind turbines for its Atlántica wind farm in Rio Grande do Sul.