Gamesa, a global technology leader in wind energy, has concluded turnkey construction of its first wind farm in Chile, -the 36 megawatt San Pedro Chiloé wind farm- for the local company Transantartic. The project is located on Chiloé Island, in the southern part of the country.
The successful commissioning of its first project in Chile marks the establishment of Gamesa’s commercial presence in a wind market with great potential; according to the most recent wind report by Navigant’s BTM Consult, Chile had 413 MW cumulative installed by the end of 2013 and, supported by high energy demand, is expected to reach 1.5 gigawatts cumulative installed by 2018.
The wind farm features 18 Gamesa G90-2.0 MW wind turbines. Construction for the project began in January 2013 and included the development of all necessary civil works and infrastructure for the project, including more than 20 kilometers of roadway, an electrical substation, a 25-kilometer high-voltage transmission line and a bridge.
As part of the project, Gamesa will provide comprehensive Operations and Maintenance (O&M) services for the wind farm for a period of 12 years.
In addition to Chile, Gamesa is also present in other Latin American countries, including Mexico, Honduras, Argentina, Uruguay and Costa Rica, and has installed a total of more than 2,000 MW of turbines throughout the region. Latin America accounted for 36% of the company’s 2014 first semester revenue.