$245m wind power project begins in Chile

Parque Eolico El Arrayan (PEEA) has commenced construction work at the new $245m 115MW El Arrayan wind power project in Chile.

The project is being built by international contractor Skanska Chile, according to Energy Business Review, and is expected to be operational in 2014.

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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.

"The project will provide the largest contribution of renewable energy toward meeting Chile's goal of generating 20 per cent 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.

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