SoWiTec completes development phase for wind farm in Chile

Photomontage illustrating the future 90 MW wind farm in the Valle de Los Vientos, Chile (Photo: SoWiTec)
Photomontage illustrating the future 90 MW wind farm in the Valle de Los Vientos, Chile (Photo: SoWiTec)

The German wind energy project developer SoWiTec has completed the five-year planning phase for the 90 MW wind farm Valle de Los Vientos in the north of Chile. The construction phase should start in the next months, and the wind farm is scheduled to go online in mid-2013. The investment costs for the wind farm, with 45 planned turbines and the transmission line, are around US$ 200 million.The leasing contract for the operation of the wind farm on just over 850 ha of land near the town of Calama in the north of Chile and the construction and service contract for the 110 kV transmission line from the wind farm to the transformer station in Calama have been concluded for a period of 25 years. After more than three years of certified wind measurements at the project location, definition of the wind farm's layout and official environmental impact assessments for both the wind farm and the transmission line, the planning phase is now completed.According to SoWiTec, with the Valle de Los Vientos wind farm the company has become the first project developer in Chile to receive a concession to use government lands for the transmission of energy from a non-conventional energy project. The company therefore sees itself as a pioneer in the development of a new framework for the development of wind farm projects in Chile.

Katharina Ertmer 

Similar Entries

Cuxhaven - The wind farm project developer PNE WIND AG has sold the first phase of the wind farm Calau II (Brandenburg) to the Hamburg based investment company CEE. The wind farm has five wind turbines and a nominal capacity of 15.375 MW.

GE supplied and installed 20 wind turbines of the type 2.5-103 for the Belani wi

GE has completed the installation of 20 wind turbines of the type GE 2.5-103 for a 50-MW wind farm in Baleni, a town in eastern Romania. The systems were manufactured at the production site in Salzbergen, Germany, where GE's European wind business headquarters is located. In addition to the delivery, installation and commissioning of the wind energy systems, GE will also be responsible for maintenance as part of a ten year service agreement. The contract also includes GE's Condition Monitoring System. GE will ensure operational readiness and productivity of the power plants through permanent on-site support as well as cooperation with the local GE Service Centre. Additionally, the customer support centre in Salzbergen will provide remote monitoring services.

A compelling reason for concrete gravity foundations playing a major role in delivering offshore wind capacity is that they are installed with minimal noise, as they do not require the piling that steel solutions do. Andrew Minson, Executive Director of The Concrete Centre discusses further.

Recognised as an industry leader in environmental monitoring, Fugro has been contracted by Cefas, the scientific advisor to the Marine Management Organisation, to undertake a review of post-consent monitoring at nineteen UK offshore wind farms and selected foreign sites. The review, published by the Marine Management Organisation, makes recommendations that will improve monitoring for the protection of the environment, address concerns of stakeholders and fit real world issues experienced by developers.