Mainstream gets enviro clearance for 264-MW wind farm in Chile
Construction of Carrickeeny wind farm in Ireland. Courtesy of Mainstream Renewable Power - www.mainstreamrp.com
Ireland's Mainstream Renewable Power on Thursday said it has secured environmental approval for its 264-MW Cerro Tigre wind farm in Chile.
The USD-630-million (EUR 551m) project has been given the thumbs up by the Service of Environmental Assessment. The wind farm will feature 80 turbines installed on an area of 1,131 hectares (2,795 acres) near the town of Antofagasta in the northern part of Chile. It will be connected to the northern grid.
Mainstream noted that this year it will also start construction of two wind farms totalling 300 MW in Chile -- the 170-MW Sarco and 129-MW Aurora projects that will supply power to the Central Interconnected System.
Last month, it was announced that Mainstream's joint venture with private equity firm Actis has ordered Senvion turbines for these two projects. Both wind parks are expected to enter service during the spring of 2017. They were awarded to the Aela joint venture under a competitive auction last year.