The National Mining Company of Chile (ENAMI) has awarded Spain's Acciona Energy a long-term PPA for the supply of electricity to several of its facilities in Chile.
The PPA, which will come into effect starting from April, will cover 100% of the electricity consumption of ENAMI’s plants in the regions of Antofagasta, Atacama and Coquimbos, as well as that of the company’s Fundición Hernán Videla Lira foundry, located in the town of Paipote, starting from 2022.
Power supply will also be granted by a new large-scale solar power plant that Acciona will build in northern Chile. ENAMI selected Acciona through a public tender, in which 14 energy companies participated.
The PPA was signed by representatives of both companies at the PV plant El Romero Solar, owned by Acciona. The solar facility was connected to the Chilean grid in November 2016.
“Helping the National Mining Company of Chile to achieve 100% renewable consumption gives us great satisfaction, due to the importance of the client, the sector it operates in, and because it strengthens our position in the corporate PPA market in the country,” said Acciona CEO for South America, Ignacio Escobar. “The agreement also enables us to increase our photovoltaic capacity in Chile, which represents a major milestone in our development activity,” he added.
Jaime Pérez de Arce, Executive Vice President of ENAMI, has stated, meanwhile, that “the new emission-control technology that we will incorporate in the foundry at Paipote, plus the fact that all our plants are supplied with clean energies, places us among the companies with highest environmental standards in the sector.”
Including the new solar project announced by Accione, the company is expected to surpass 2 GW of operational renewable energy assets in Latin America by 2020. It currently owns 897 MW of wind and solar plants in Chile, Mexico and Costa Rica.