Colbun granted enviro approval for 980-MW wind project in Chile

Wind farm in Chile. Author: Diego Correa.

September 15 (Renewables Now) - Chilean electric utility Colbun SA has received an environmental permit for the construction and operation of the Horizonte wind farm with a capacity of up to 980 MW in Chile’s Antofagasta region.

The resolution to approve the environmental impact study (EIS) for the project was signed on Monday by the Antofagasta environmental authority. As the publicly available documents show, Colbun would invest USD 700 million (EUR 591.8m) to build the wind farm in the commune of Taltal.

Horizonte is a greenfield project, with Colbun planning to build it in one phase. The wind farm would feature 140 turbines of up to 7 MW of capacity.

The resolution states that construction works would start in the second half of 2021, while operations are estimated to commence three years later.

Horizonte is expected to generate some 2,000 GWh per year and operate for 50 years.

For a while, Colbun touted the Horizonte scheme as a project of “607 MW initially”, even while the EIS for the 980-MW development was still under a review.

In late December 2019, German turbine maker Enercon GmbH announced it had signed an exclusivity agreement with Colbun for the supply of earthquake-proof turbines for Horizonte, at the time still being developed as a 607-MW project.

(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.845)

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