Bosquemar submits EIA for US$224mn wind farm

Monday, March 9, 2009

Chilean developer Inversiones Bosquemar has submitted an EIA to develop a US$224mn wind farm in Lebu, region VIII, according to documents filed with national environmental regulator Conama.

Pending approval, the Lebu Sur project would use fifty-four 2MW turbines to add 104MW of capacity to Chile's central SIC grid.

Concepción-based Consorcio Eólico was listed as the contact company for the project.

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The firm is working with developers Bosquemar, Constructora Laguna Grande and Energías Renovables Laguna Grande to develop nearly 1GW of wind capacity by 2015, according to its website.

"We're aiming to have the Lebu Sur project operating by the middle of 2010," a spokesperson for Consorcio Eólico told BNamericas.

"We have modeled the project with Vestas V-90 turbines, but we haven't ruled out using another kind," the spokesperson continued, adding that it is aiming to use bank financing.

The company is working with an engineering firm on three possible transmission alternatives and will select one by the middle of the year.

Consorcio Eólico has been studying various locations in Chile for over two years.

"We are looking at 10 projects between Chile's regions IV and X, and we will soon start on another four projects for northern Chile's SING grid," the spokesperson said.