Chile green-lights Engie’s 353MW Lomas de Taltal wind farm

Engie Energía Chile's project is part of plan to replace 2GW of fossil-fuel generation with renewables and will feature 6.2MW turbines

Engie previously helped to develop the 48MW Monte Redondo wind farm in Chile

Authorities in northern Chile have approved construction of Engie’s 342MW Lomas de Taltal wind farm.

The project will consist of 57 6.2MW turbines and will cost around €375 million to build, according to documents presented by Engie.

Engie Energía Chile, which is 60% owned by the French energy giant, announced earlier this year that it plans to develop 2GW of renewable energy capacity by 2025 to replace the coal-fired plants it is retiring.

Earlier this month, the company announced that it had begun commercial operations at the 162MW Calama wind farm in the same Antofagasta region.

In October, it submitted an environmental impact study for the 204MW Lomas Verde wind farm in the southern region of Los Lagos, which could enter operations in 2025.

The company also plans to build two hybrid wind-solar-energy storage complexes with 1.5GW of installed capacity after winning a tender earlier this year to use government lands in northern Chile reserved for renewable energy development.