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Parque Eolico begins construction of Chile's wind power project

08 May 2012

Parque Eolico El Arrayan (PEEA) has commenced construction work at the new 115MW El Arrayan wind project located about 400km northeast of Santiago on the coast of Chile.

The project is being built at a cost of $245m by international contractor Skanska Chile.

El Arrayan wind project is jointly owned by AEI, Pattern Energy Group and Antofagasta Minerals (AMSA), who have also secured finance for the project.

Pattern Energy CEO Mike Garland said Chile's limited indigenous energy resources make it an ideal locale for renewable projects which are a local resource and which add to the economy rather than take from the economy.

"El Arrayan will make use of strong coastal winds to deliver renewable energy into the central SIC power grid," added Mike.

"The project will provide the largest contribution of renewable energy toward meeting Chile's goal of generating 20% of its energy from non-conventional renewable sources by 2020."

On construction, Pattern will operate the project which will employ 50 Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbines.

Andrews Kurth said it has inked the construction and turbine supply contracts, as well as the offtake arrangements for the project, including a 20-year renewable power sale agreement with AMSA unit, Minera Los Pelambres.