Wind energy in Chile: Skanska to build wind farm

Skanska has signed a contract for a confidential client, to build a wind farm in Chile for USD 76 M, about SEK 510 M. The construction contract will be included in the bookings for Skanska LA in the first quarter of 2012.

The wind power project will consist of 50 wind turbines with an installed capacity of 115 MW. Once completed, it will be one of the largest wind energy plants in the country.

Skanska will be responsible for all the balance of plant scope under an EPC scheme. The scope includes planning, design, procurement and construction of all roads, foundations, buildings, and electrical systems including two substations and a 1×220 kV transmission line. The wind farm will be connected to the Chilean national grid.

Works have already commenced and the project is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Skanska Latin America is one of the region’s leading contractors. Operations focus primarily on engineering, construction, operation and maintenance services for the international oil & gas, energy and mining industry. In 2011, with about 11,000 employees, had revenues of about SEK 6.0 billion.

Wind power in Chile

End 2002: 1 MW (- %)
End 2003: 2 MW (+100 %)
End 2004: 2 MW (- %)
End 2005: 2 MW (- %)
End 2006: 2 MW (- %)
End 2007: 20 MW (+900 %)
End 2008: 20 MW (- %)
End 2009: 168 MW (+740 %)
End 2010: 172 MW (+2.4 %)
End 2011: 205 MW (+19.2 %)