February 11 (Renewables Now) - Mainstream Renewable Power has completed the 71-kilometre (44.12 miles) transmission line for the Sarco wind farm in Chile’s Atacama region, the Ireland-based company said Monday.
A total of 198 towers will now support the 220-kV line that will send the electricity from the Sarco wind farm to the Maitencillo substation from where it will flow to the National Electric System (SEN).
In December 2018, Mainstream announced the completion of installation of all turbines for the 170-MW Sarco wind farm. The 50 machines of 3.4 MW each, supplied by German wind turbine maker Senvion SA (ETR:SEN), are expected to generate enough power to meet the demand of approximately 260,000 homes.
The Sarco project required an investment of USD 240 million (EUR 212.4m). The wind farm was developed by Mainstream and is owned by Aela Energia, a 40/60 joint venture (JV) between the Irish company and private equity firm Actis.
The wind farm will begin operations in the coming months, Mainstream said.
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