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First turbine goes up at 10-MW wind farm in Chilean Antarctica

Wind farm. Author: Ray Dumas. License:Creative Commons, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic.

September 4 (Renewables Now) - The 10-MW Vientos Patagonicos onshore wind farm is beginning to take form in Chile’s southernmost region after last week’s installation of the first of three turbines.

The assembly of the wind turbines 2 and 3 is to follow to finalise the installation phase at the end of September, Chilean state-owned oil company Empresa Nacional del Petroleo (ENAP) said.

ENAP is building the Vientos Patagonicos project with Pecket Energy SA in Punta Arenas, the capital of the Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica Region. The investment in the project reaches close to USD 22 million (USD 19.9m) with the regional government contributing USD 3 million.

Last year, Spain’s Elecnor SA (BME:ENO) was brought in as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor in charge of building the wind farm. Pecket Energy is constructing a medium-voltage line towards Punta Arenas.

The wind farm is being erected in the Cabo Negro industrial park and its commissioning is planned for the end of 2019.

The electric system of Magallanes (SEM) has only 3 MW of installed non-conventional renewable energy capacity, according to the August report by the Chilean national energy commission CNE.

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