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Southern Cone power watch

Bnamericas Published: Friday, November 12, 2021

Argentina’s federal energy department has authorized a solar project in Mendoza province to join the wholesale power market.

Enerland Group’s planned Enerland San Martín solar PV park has capacity of 10MW and would connect to the Sadi grid via the San Martín Este transformer station, a resolution in the official gazette said.

Enerland, which had participated in power supply auction RenovAr 3, had sought authorization earlier in the year.

Financing challenges and uncertainty has stalled the progress of some renewables projects in Argentina.

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Argentine electricity company Central Puerto said power generation dropped 12% year-on-year to 3,440GWh in 3Q21, citing unfavorable hydrological conditions.

One of the largest private sector players in the country, Central Puerto said output from its Piedra de Águila hydroelectric power station dropped 53% on account of lower river water inflows and “extraordinary dispatch” in May.

The hydroelectric output drop was partially offset by a 1% increase in thermal production and a 32% increase in output from renewables, chiefly on account of the contribution of 88MW wind park La Genoveva I. 

Central Puerto output in 3Q21 was 2,493GWh thermal, 509GWh hydro and 438GWh wind.

Amid an uptick in demand, overall generation in Argentina increased 11% year-on-year in 3Q21 to 37,058GWh, on account of a 24% increase in thermal, a 17% increase in nuclear and a 40% increase in renewables, partially offset by a decrease of 33% in hydroelectric output. 

Argentina has been leveraging its thermoelectric park and natural gas to boost electricity exports to Brazil, where a drought is impacting hydroelectric output – a trend also seen in Argentina.  

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German carmaker BMW will send electric vehicle chargers to Uruguay to help the country expand its network of plug-in points, local paper El Observador reported.

The company is planning a wider US$20mn investment push in the country.

Uruguay’s state power company UTE is looking to double its existing network of 140 charging points.

In related news, Uruguay's government, following a whistle-stop tour of Europe to help drum up green hydrogen investment, said officials had signed a memorandum of understanding with Holland to promote investment. A collaboration-focused memorandum of understanding was also signed during a global forum of the International Energy Agency, a statement said.

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