Colbun proposes 472.5-MW wind farm project in Chile
Wind farm in Chile. Featured Image: Pablo Rogat/Shutterstock.com
September 8 (Renewables Now) - Chilean electric utility Colbun SA is seeking the environmental permit to build a wind farm of up to 472.5 MW in the region of Biobio, central Chile.
The company’s proposal for the USD-570-million (EUR 569.1m) Junquillos project and the corresponding environmental impact study (EIS) were this week accepted for assessment by the Chilean environmental evaluation agency SEA.
According to the publicly available documents, Junquillos will feature 63 wind turbines with a capacity of up to 7.5 MW each. The machines will be installed in the Biobio commune of Mulchen.
Colbun, which initially designed the Junquillos project for 360 MW, said in the EIS that it expects to start construction some time during the first half of 2024 and finalise the works in about 24 months.
If approved, Junquillos will be Colbun’s second wind farm project. Its first wind farm, the 778-MW Horizonte, is currently under construction in the region of Antofagasta.
At present, the utility generates clean power from large and small-scale run-of-river hydroelectric plants and two solar farms with the third in the commissioning phase.
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