Argentina power watch

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Thursday, March 1, 2018

Fifteen wind turbines destined for the Manantiales Behr wind park in southern Argentina's Chubut province began to be unloaded Thursday from a ship in the port of Comodoro Rivadavia, a port official confirmed to state news agency Télam.

The first wind turbines began to arrive late last year for the US$200mn project owned by YPF Energía Eléctrica, which will have 30 turbines.

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In the first stage the park will generate 50MW to satisfy part of state-run oil firm YPF's consumption needs at its deposits and refineries, before subsequently being expanded to 100MW.

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Some 200 investors are expected to attend the second investors' forum in Mendoza province on Friday, where the local government aims to sell the province as an energy hub.

"We want to bet on being an energy hub in Argentina and on exporting because we have the human resources to do it. Also, we have the natural resources, oil, sun, wind, mountain rivers for hydroelectric power and dams," said governor Alfredo Cornejo as he met with officials prior to the forum.

Provincial government officials also paid visits this week to Las Loicas, a Mendoza town that will be affected by the construction of the Portezuelo del Viento hydro dam, to discuss the relocation of the town and the surrounding communities.

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Argentina's energy ministry has authorized Parque Solar Boquerón to access the national SADI grid as a generation agent with its 100MW Boquerón solar park in San Juan province.