Senvion debuts new 2.3MW turbine in Chile

CHILE: Senvion has signed a contract to supply a 204.7MW project in the northern Atacama region, marking the launch of its 2.3M130 turbine.

Senvion built on its MM series - which includes 2MW and 2.05MW MM92 turbines (pictured above) - for its new 2.3MW machine
Senvion built on its MM series - which includes 2MW and 2.05MW MM92 turbines (pictured above) - for its new 2.3MW machine

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The manufacturer will provide 89 of its 2.3MW turbines with rotor diameters of 130 metres – the first model in its 2.XM platform – for the Cabo Leones II project, which is part of a 500MW wind cluster.

Installation will begin at the Huasco province site in the first quarter of 2020, with completion expected by the end of the year.

The project is being developed by Global Power Generation and Grupo Ibereólica Renovables’. Construction started at the site in August 2017.

Senvion will also service the turbines under a long-term agreement, it added.

Manav Sharma, Senvion’s CFO and acting CEO, said: "We are confident that this turbine will position us strongly in 2MW class markets worldwide, especially India.

"Cabo Leones II is another large-scale project which allows Senvion to continue its expansion into new markets and further underlines its long-term commitment to Chile."

Senvion has two other orders in Chile, according to Windpower Intelligence, the research and data division of Windpower Monthly.

It is supplying 43 units of its 3.0M122 model to Aela Energia’s 129MW Aurora project, which is owned by Aela Energia — a joint venture (JV) of UK investors Actis Group and developer Mainstream Renewable Power. It is due online this year.

Senvion will also supply 50 of its 3.4M114 turbine to Aela Energia's 170MW Sarco wind farm, which is also due to be commissioned in 2018.

According to its website, Global Power Generation has one 234MW operational wind farm – the Bii Hioxio project in Mexico – and also operates hydroelectric and solar PV plants around the world.

Grupo Ibereólica Renovables, meanwhile, has 370.4MW of installed wind capacity, according to its website – all of which is in Spain.

It also has hydroelectric and solar PV projects in Spain, Chile and Peru.

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