Mainstream lifts 1st turbine for 129-MW wind farm in Chile

Senvion wind turbines. Source: Senvion SE 2014. License: All rights reserved.

August 10 (Renewables Now) - The first of the 43 turbines that will make up the 129-MW Aurora wind farm in southern Chile has now been successfully lifted, developer Mainstream Renewable Power said today.

The USD-210-million (EUR 183m) project is owned by Aela Energia, a 60/40 joint venture between private equity firm Actis and Mainstream of Ireland. It is located anout 15 km from Llanquihue in the Los Lagos region.

“Given the dimensions and weight of each of the components that make up the wind turbines, transporting, unloading and assembling the turbines is a considerable challenge for us,” said Fabiano Fortes, Mainstream Renewable Power’s Construction Manager in Chile. The company noted that lifting each machine can take between one and three days. The units have individual capacity of 3 MW and are being supplied by Germany’s Senvion SA (ETR:SEN).

In March, Swiss-based power and automation group ABB Ltd (VTX:ABBN) delivered the 170-MVA power transformer for the wind park.

(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.873)

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