ACCIONA clinched electrical supplies from renewable energy by ENAMI
The National Mining Company of Chile (ENAMI) has granted ACCIONA Energía its electrical supplies from renewable energy sources with effect from April 2018 under a long term deal. The PPA contract enumerates and entails 100% electricity consumption of ENAMI’s plants for which ACCIONA is set to build a new photo-voltaic plant in the north.
Power will be supplied to the plants that ENAMI operates in the regions of Antofagasta, Atacama and Coquimbo, and the agreement also covers the consumption related to the modernization of the Fundición Hernán Videla Lira foundry located in the town of Paipote, starting in 2022.
The energy purchase and sale contract was signed in the El Romero Solar photovoltaic plant – owned by ACCIONA – by representatives of the two companies in the presence of authorities from the Region of Atacama. Among those present were the Mayor Alexandra Nuñez and the regional Ministerial Secretaries (Seremis) of Mining and Energy.
Come 2022 when all ENAMI’s plants will be supplied by ACCCIONA thus avoiding the emission of more than 300,000 tonnes of CO2 to the atmospherecommensurate with emissions from thermal power plants as far as the country’s energy mix is concerned.
ACCIONA Energía CEO for South America Ignacio Escobar said “The agreement also enables us to increase our photovoltaic capacity in Chile, which represents a major milestone in our development activity.”
ACCIONA has two renewable facilities currently in operation in Chile: the 246-MWp photovoltaic plant in the Atacama Desert and the 45-MW Punta Palmeras wind farm in the region of Coquimbo. It is now building a second wind farm – San Gabriel, with a capacity of 183 MW- in Araucanía.