Siemens Gamesa has signed 3 new orders to supply wind turbines worth a combined 359 MW in Chile for the development of wind projects
Siemens Gamesa has recently signed three new orders to supply 359 MW in wind turbines to undisclosed customers in Chile, setting a record high of 640 MW of orders in the country for the fiscal year ending on September 30, 2019. (Orders signed in Q4 2019)
The contracts bolster the firms’ leadership position in the Chilean market, and the wind power generated by these turbines will provide enough clean, reliable and affordable electricity to cover the demand of over 900,000 people. This, in turn, will significantly contribute to Chile’s ambitious decarbonisation program, which includes the closure of 28 coal-fired plants.
The latest three contracts cover the installation and commission of 82 of the companies SG 4.5-145 turbines with a flexible power rating. The firm will also be required to provide long-term operation and maintenance services of up to 15 years to some of the projects. The installation of the wind turbines is scheduled for next year.
“We are very pleased to extend our regional leadership to Chile, where we have closed our strongest year ever. The Siemens Gamesa 4.X platform has been instrumental to cement that leadership as it is a perfect fit for the local market, significantly contributing to improving our customers’ business cases”, said Jorge Lobatón, Onshore Managing Director for Siemens Gamesa Latam.
The orders are also a testament to Siemens Gamesa technological leadership as they consolidate the SG 4.5-145 as one of the most successful wind turbines in Chile for the current year, with over 560 MW of orders.
According to the Chilean renewable energy association, ACERA, the country has an installed capacity of 5,659 MW of renewable energy, which represents 22.6 percent of the total, including around 1,932 MW of wind power (7.7 percent).
Recently, we reported that the company had been selected to install 96 (SG 2.6-114) turbines through a turnkey EPC contract and provide long term maintenance through a 15-year service agreement for a 250 MW wind energy project in Egypt.