Chile Rihue seeks to build 138-MW wind farm in Biobio

Wind farm in Chile. Featured Image: Pablo Rogat/Shutterstock.com

November 19 (SeeNews) - Chile's Rihue SpA has filed an environmental impact declaration for the installation of a wind plant with a 138.6-MW capacity in Negrete, Biobio region.

Rihue is a project of Latin America Power (LAP) which plans to start construction in the first half of 2017.

The project involves an investment of USD 290 million (EUR 270.4m) for the plant and associated 220-kV installations to the Mulchen substation, part of the central Chilean grid, according to a plan published on Wednesday. The plant will have 42 wind turbines, each with a capacity of 3.3 MW, height of 117 m (383.9 ft) and rotor diameter of 126 m.

In Chile, LAP has the 46-MW Totoral wind farm in Coquimbo and is currently building a larger wind plant and two small hydroelectric units. The company also operates hydroelectric plants in Peru.

(USD 1 = EUR 0.933)

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