Repsol and Grupo Ibereolica Renovables are moving forward in the construction of their first joint wind farm in Chile, called Cabo Leones III with 189 MW of installed capacity, with the shipment from the port of Bilbao of the main technological components for its wind turbines and the beginning of commercial operation of the first phase of this project in December last year. The Cabo Leones III wind farm is located in the Chilean province of Huasco, in the Atacama region. It will have a total renewable generation capacity of 189 MW, divided into two phases of 79 MW installed capacity and 110 MW, respectively.
This wind farm is part of the portfolio of projects in Chile of the joint venture between Repsol and Grupo Ibereólica Renovables that was created last July. The joint venture has a portfolio of assets in operation, construction, and advanced development of more than 1,600 MW, with commercial operation dates up until 2023, and the possibility of surpassing 2,600 MW by 2030.
The nacelles of this wind farm that are poised to depart from the port of Bilbao for Chile were assembled at the Siemens Gamesa plant in Ágreda (Soria) which employs close to 200 people.
The first phase of the Cabo Leones III wind farm, with 79 MW and 22 SG 132 wind turbines, each with a capacity of 3.6 MW, already entered into commercial operation in December last year. It will produce 280 GWh of clean energy per year, thereby avoiding the annual emission of 94,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. The second phase of this project broke ground in July 2020. At peak times, the construction project is employing up to 150 workers. This facility is expected to enter into commercial operation in the second quarter of 2021.