Engie Chile to supply renewable energy to local mining cos

Wind farm in Chile. Featured Image: Pablo Rogat/Shutterstock.com

April 3 (Renewables Now) - Engie Energia Chile SA (EECL), a unit of French utility Engie (EPA:ENGI), extended on Monday several energy supply contracts with some of its main clients, which will be supplied from renewable power plants.

In all, the company has signed extension contracts with three existing clients and a new contract with mining company El Abra for 110 MW. The latter took effect in January, Engie said.

More details on the extension agreements are available in the table below.

Company Capacity Extension Period
Codelco 200 MW 10 years 2025 to 2035
Complejo Metalurgico Altonorte SA (Glencore) 50 MW 4 years 2033 to 2037
Compania Minera Lomas Bayas (Glencore) 50 MW 10 years 2028 to 2038

According to EECL, these agreements show a gradual transition from polluting power to clean energy, which will help Chile to achieve its targets under the Paris Agreement.

EECL has also made a request to the National Energy Commission (CNE) for permission to close two units, with installed capacity of 85 MW each, of its Tocopilla thermal power plant in order to focus more on renewables in its mix, it noted.

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