WPD has announced it has taken part in the largest tender for the supply of electricity in Chile's history and the firm has won order for onshore wind farms with a total capacity of 350 MW.
As the Energy Ministry officially announced, three projects with WPD's participation have been accepted. In the process, WPD has secured so-called power purchase agreements (PPA) for 786.8 GWh per year with a term of 20 years from 2021.
The three wind energy projects comprise 270 MW Malleco in the IXth region (Araucanía) as well as 36 MW Negrete and 44 MW Duqueco in the VIIIth region (Bío-Bío), all in the south of the country.
WPD made the move into Chile as early as seven years ago. It has its own office in the capital of Santiago de Chile. There a 13-strong team is dedicated to wind energy, working closely with their colleagues in Germany.
Chile has set itself ambitious expansion targets in the area of renewable energy: by 2050, its share of the electricity mix is to be 70 percent already. In its current tender for 12,430 GWh, Chile requested bids for an impressive volume for which new and existing projects comprising all types of power generation were allowed to bid. 84 companies submitted bids for 85,000 GWh. At the end, 28 bidders were successful.
Dr. Hartmut Brösamle, CEO at WPD. stated:
"The whole team is delighted at this major success and is now highly motivated in proceeding to the next phase of the project. WPD will continue to develop the projects totalling 350 MW at full speed - so we have ambitious plans!"