The Chilean Service of Environmental Assessment has approved the 264 MW Cerro Tigre wind farm project located close to the town of Antofagasta in the north of Chile. The project will be developed by the Dublin-head-based Mainstream Renewable Power.
The project, which comprises 80 wind turbines, will be build in an area of 1,131 hectares. It will be connected to the northern grid of the country. The total project investment is estimated at US$630 million.
This year Mainstream will also start the construction of two wind farms in Chile which have a combined generation capacity of 300 MW; the Sarco wind farm which is located in Atacama, and the Aurora wind farm, located in the region of Los Lagos. Both wind farms will provide electricity to the Central Interconnected System.
In January, we reported that Mainstream Renewable Power, as part of a consortium which also includes Siemens Project Ventures, The Marguerite Fund and Infrared Capital, took control of the 450 MW Neart na Gaoithe offshore wind farm. This project involves the construction and operation of a large-size offshore wind farm of up to 75 turbines, 15 km off the coast of Fife, Scotland.
Bart Doyle, CEO of Mainstream Renewable Power Chile, said:
“This work will contribute to the development of a diversified, clean and reliable energy mix which will provide an efficient solution to the country and the people of this region. We are a company that develops its own projects and we are always looking for new opportunities for solar and wind energy developments, and the Region of Antofagasta has important attributes that enable this”.