Attractiveness Analysis of the Southern Cone Wind Turbine Markets

  • December 2012
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  • Frost & Sullivan
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  • 117 pages

In 2011, the wind turbine market in the Southern Cone, comprised of Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay, had 381 megawatts (MW) of installed capacity. The region has significant potential due to high wind speed. Government support policies for wind power differ in the region. However, providing private and public efforts increase, the wind turbine market will grow significantly through the end of the forecast period (2016). This research service provides installed capacity and revenue forecasts, along with market share and competitive analysis for participants in the region. Furthermore, conclusions about the future of the market are included.

Executive Summary
•In 2011, revenue for the total wind turbine market was $xxmillion and installed capacity was xxMW, which contributed to a cumulative base of xx MW. A total of xx units were sold in 2011.
•Revenue in Argentina totaled $xxmillion; xxwind turbines were sold.
•The Chilean market size was $xx million in 2011; xx wind turbines were sold.
•Uruguay accounted for $xxmillion. Though it is a small market, Uruguay plans to build xxMW and establish a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the country’s largest utility, UTE.
•Although xx companies participated in the market, Vestas was the undisputed leader in wind turbine sales, with $xx million in revenue during 2011.
•The Southern Cone is awaiting large-scale deployment of wind power projects, as the wind resource remains underexploited in the region. The market is in the early stages and growing significantly; in the short term, this will not result in a capacity relocation.
•Projects funded by domestic utilities and governments result in net benefits for wind turbine manufacturers.
•Only Argentina has manufacturing capabilities; Argentinean firms NRG Patagonia and INVAP possess local manufacturing facilities. Chile and Uruguay lack the industrial scale and incentives for local production of wind turbines.
•IMPSA is shifting tower production toward Uruguay, where a new component facility is under construction, in line with the company’s geographic expansion effort. Since 2012, SAME, a Brazilian company, has been manufacturing blades in Chile.
•Vestas, GE Wind, Alstom, and DeWind import wind turbines from European and American markets.
•Many global turbine suppliers have decided to establish a manufacturing base in Brazil, the regional hub for wind power development. Brazilian wind turbine production is focused on furnishing local demand, but a window of opportunity exists for exporting to the Southern Cone.

Table Of Contents


Executive Summary 4
Market Overview 10
Total Wind Turbine Market -
•Forecasts and Trends 24
•Demand Analysis 37
•Market Share and Competitive Analysis 39
Argentina Breakdown 46
Chile Breakdown 67
Uruguay Breakdown 89
The Last Word (Conclusions and Implications) 108
Appendix 112

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