Pattern Energy Group has completed construction and reached full commercial operation of the 115MW El Arrayán Wind project, which is claimed to be the largest wind project in Chile.
Located approximately 400km north of Santiago on the coast of Chile, the wind project will generate clean, renewable power to meet the needs of approximately 200,000 Chilean homes each year.
Pattern Energy CEO Mike Garland said with the completion of El Arrayán Wind, Pattern Energy is expanding its portfolio of world-class wind power projects with stable long-term cash flows in attractive markets.
Garland said, "We were drawn to Chile for its robust and stable economy, its electricity pricing in US dollars and its aggressive policy to expand renewables given their limited domestic energy resources.
"The project is one of the best wind sites in all of Chile. We have delivered El Arrayán on time, increasing our total operations to eight operating wind facilities with three more projects totaling 393MW in construction, all of which are on track to be completed this year."
During the project construction, approximately 200 jobs were created and up to 15 ongoing permanent positions.
Skanska Chile, a unit of Skanska AB and one of the wind-focused construction firms in Chile, has constructed the project.
Featuring 50 Siemens 2.3MW wind turbines, the Arrayán Wind project is operated by Pattern Energy, which is a joint venture owner with a net ownership interest of 31.5% in the project.
The joint venture partners comprise AEI El Arrayán Chile (38.5%), a subsidiary of AEI, and Antofagasta Minerals (AMSA) (30%).
Image: Pattern Energy reaches full commercial operation of wind project in Chile. Photo: courtesy of Dr Joseph Valks/Freedigitalphotos.net.