Transmisión Eléctrica del Norte (TEN) has selected France-based Alstom to supply four turnkey substations for Mejillones – Cardones Transmission line, the first interconnection system in Chile.
Under the terms of the contract worth €260m, Alstom will be responsible for installing three new 500kV substations in Chacayita, Los Changos and Cumbres.
The contract scope also includes expansion plans for the Nueva Cardones substation.
The French firm is expected to complete the project in 2017.
Once completed, the project will create a 580km super-electric highway interconnection system in Chile, which will join together the two existing highways in the country: Central Interconnected System (SIC) and the Interconnected System of Norte Grande (SING).
Alstom Grid Latin America vice-president Sergio Gomes said: "The Mejillones – Cardones Transmission line is a tremendous step forward for Chile.
"It is a fantastic opportunity for Alstom to put its innovative technologies to the fore again and contribute to improving the electricity supply for the Chilean people, while bolstering the Chilean economy."
The French technology giant will supply its air-insulated and gas-insulated substations for the interconnection project, which will account for 1500MW of energy transmission in Chile.
It will supply and install high-voltage power compensation products to boost the power quality of installations, which in turn, is expected to make the network efficient and secure, as well as ensuring stable energy flow.
Alstom will manufacture the equipment for the project at its facilities in Brazil, China, Finland and France. It will also have a local dedicated project team at the site in Chile to look after the installations and operations.
Chilean power company E.CL is building the line which will connect the port of Mejillones in northern part with Cardones.
The line is being built to supply power generated from hydroelectric and renewable sources to the mining operations in northern part of the country.
Image: The substations will contribute to 1500 MW of energy transmission in Chile. Photo: courtesy of Alstom.