Siemens has received an order for a total of 50 wind turbines with a combined capacity of 115 megawatts (MW) for the El Arrayán wind power plant in Chile. This wind project will be developed as a joint venture between Pattern Energy and AEI. Furthermore, the mining division of Antofagasta plc, which is the parent company of Minera Los Pelambres, the power offtaker, has purchased an equity stake in the El Arrayán project. The scope of supply encompasses delivery, installation and commissioning of 50 SWT-2.3-101 wind turbines with a power rating of 2,3 MW and a rotor diameter of 101 meters, including a five-year service and maintenance contract. Installation of the project is scheduled to begin in spring 2013, with commissioning of the wind power plant planned for early 2014.
"The El Arrayán wind power plant marks our market entry in Chile. This project also proves that we are well positioned on the global wind markets with our product portfolio. It is our goal to grow our presence in this region", said Felix Ferlemann, CEO of the Siemens Wind Power Division. The Global Wind Energy Council concluded that Chile has good wind resources from the northern deserts to the extreme South and estimates the country's wind energy potential to be around 40 Gigawatt (GW).
The El Arrayán Wind Farm is located approximately 400 kilometers north of Santiago on the coast of the Coquimbo IV Region. Once completed, it will be the largest wind project in Chile and provide clean and renewable energy to power the equivalent of up to 200,000 average households.
Other Siemens wind orders in South America include three projects with a combined capacity of nearly 300 megawatts (MW) in Brazil, which will be installed in 2012 and 2013. These contracts were secured during the last two years. The 2.3 wind turbines are the workhorses of Siemens` portfolio. At the end of 2011 more than 3,700 units were installed globally.
Siemens receives its first wind power order in Chile