Chile watch: Project approvals, solar JV, regional integration

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Environmental authorities in Chile's Biobío region (VIII) approved two power generation projects requiring combined investment of US$24.3mn.

Local engineering and construction firm Besalco will build the US$20mn, 9.9MW El Arrebol wind farm.

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Chilean iron ore and steel group CAP also obtained approval, for a US$4.3mn, 3.2MW cogeneration project to provide its steel division with electricity.

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China's Trina Solar and Spain's Grenergy Renovables signed a memorandum of understanding to develop up to 60MW of photovoltaic solar capacity in Chile.

The first phase of the 50:50 JV envisions the construction of two distributed generation projects totaling 6MW in the first quarter of 2016, Grenergy said in a statement, with panels fabricated by Trina.

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Finally, the operators of Chile's northern SING grid and Peru's SEIN interconnected system are evaluating two options for cross-border energy integration.

One involves a 220kV, 150MW link between the Los Héroes substation in Tacna, Peru, and the Parinacota substation in Arica, Chile, the latter's grid operator CDEC-SING said in a statement.

The other would be a 500kV, 1GW line between the Montalvo substation in Peru and the Crucero substation in Chile.

The project is part of the larger SINEA Andean interconnection initiative.