Elecnor has won the contract to build a wind farm in the Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica Region of Chile, around 20 km north of the city of Punta Arenas (Cabo Negro), for the “Vientos Patagónicos SpA” power company formed by the Chilean state-owned firm ENAP and Pecket Energy S.A.-
The Vientos Patagónicos wind farm entails investment of around USD 22 million and includes the installation of three 69-metre turbines, each with a capacity of 3.45 MW, which will add just over 10 MW to the Regional Electricity System. The turbines, in line with industry standards, will have an estimated lifespan of 20 years.
Construction of the plant, on an EPC basis, will commence in the first quarter of 2019 and is slated to conclude at the end of the same year. According to ENAP, “this new project will contribute to the desired diversification of the energy matrix of Magallanes, enabling it to increase its use of renewable energy from 2% to 20%”.
The project also has the backing of the Regional Government, which will contribute approximately USD five million via the National Regional Development Fund (FNDR). This project follows the recent construction by Elecnor of the San Juan wind farm.
This facility has a total installed capacity of 184.8 MW and is located in the Atacama Region.
These projects boost the Elecnor Group’s activity in a country where non-conventional renewable energy projects (NCRE) have increased significantly over the past few years and are projected to account for 20% of total generation by 2025.