Danish entrepreneur sets up company in Brazil
Brazil will become a major market for wind power in the future, believes Site Facility A/S founder Jakob Heskjær, who has just established a subsidiary in FortalezaWind knows no boundaries – and neither should anyone working with products related to wind turbines and wind power. This is why entrepreneurial firm Site Facility A/S, which is based in Birk, next to Herning in Denmark, has just established a subsidiary in Brazil. "Without a doubt, Brazil will become a major market for wind power in the future. Within the next five years, a substantial series of state-supported projects are planned. So we have to be there," says Jakob Heskjær, who founded Site Facility three years ago, a company that installs and operates camp facilities related to major construction projects. There is no doubt in Jakob Heskjær's mind about Brazil's potential and he has already hired an administrator and a site manager in the Brazilian subsidiary. "The major international wind turbine manufacturers are already in full swing getting themselves established in Brazil. It's proof of the major market potential there is for us, and we regularly get business enquiries from the country," he says.
Huge investments in alternative energyThe first order for the new company has already been signed. Site Facility will set up a camp for 60 men that will exist for 6–7 months for Total Wind Group, which will install 91 1.5 MW wind turbines for one of the largest players in the wind power market, GE Energy. Total Wind Group is a specialist in installing wind turbines. Its main office is in Brande, Denmark, and it has departments in many countries around the world, including Brazil. "The Brazilian government has decided to invest heavily in alternative energy. And since Brazil is expected to become the fourth largest economy in the world in the next few years, there is huge growth potential in sectors like wind power," says founder Jens Nygaard. Site Facility has established office facilities in Fortaleza, north of Natal. The wind power project, Morro dos Ventos, is a 144 MW onshore project, which will be built in North-eastern Brazil, next to the town of João Camara in the state of Rio Grande do Norte. In terms of turnover, the project is worth a six-figure sum to Site Facility.
Gains from camp solutionAn excellent start for the new subsidiary but also an important step for Site Facility, which expects to generate turnover of DKK 100–150 million in the next five years. "There is that degree of growth in the wind power industry, though like every other sector, it has been affected by the financial crisis. A lot of people used 2011 to stabilise themselves, but all the signs are showing that the market will explode in 2012–2013. We're getting a lot of enquiries at the moment and with the subsidiary in Brazil and with an excellent amount of experience and know-how, we're ready to take on the assignments when they come," he says. And there is no doubt in Jakob Heskjær's mind that the orders will come. The concept is unique and several of the major players, especially in the wind power industry, have become aware of the advantages of using a camp solution. "There are major gains with a camp solution. You can reduce the project's duration by about 10–15% because of the increased efficiency and reduced transport. This is why it is so financially interesting, and why more people are looking at it." Jens Nygaard agrees: "Total Wind has seen how a camp solution can save on manhours and on transport. At the same time, it increases the employees' focus on the project, just as there is social value gained between employees when they live together."
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tel. +45 21 79 57 53
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