New orders strengthen the Siemens Gamesa position in Chile

Source: press releases, 24 July 2020

Cabo Leones wind complex at Comuna de Freirina, Chile
Cabo Leones wind complex at Comuna de Freirina, Chile (photo: SGRE)

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has received a new 60-MW order to extend the Cabo Leones I wind project in Chile, operated by the joint venture formed by the French utility EDF Renewables Chile and Spain’s Grupo Ibereólica Renovables. Under the terms of the agreement, Siemens Gamesa will supply, transport and install 12 of its SG 5.0-145 MW turbines for the Cabo Leones 1 extension wind complex at Comuna de Freirina, in the second region of the Atacama in Chile.

Since 2017, Siemens Gamesa has successfully managed the Cabo Leones I wind project located on the coast in the Atacama region of Northern Chile – one of the best areas for wind resources. With a current installed capacity of 115 MW, the wind farm is equipped with 55 of Siemens Gamesa’s SG 2.1-114 MW turbines with an estimated energy production of 350 GWh per year, equalling the annual electricity consumption of 170,000 Chilean households.

“It is an honour for us that customers such as EDF Renewables and Ibereólica Ronovables renew their trust in us. It confirms that we have proven to be a reliable partner for them and that our technology and support are delivering the results they expected,” states Jorge Lobatón de la Guardia, Onshore Managing Director Latam of Siemens Gamesa. “The project also reinforces our position in Chile, where we have been extremely successful over the past 12 months.”

Among the Latin American countries, Chile’s renewable energy transition journey has been compelling. The Chilean government has pledged to generate 70 per cent of the country’s energy from renewable sources, such as solar power and wind farms, by 2050. Renewables, therefore, are expected to play a more prominent role in the energy mix in Chile.

Siemens Gamesa will supply the turbines between November 2020 and January 2021. They are slated for commissioning by July 2021. The current Cabo Leones I extension also includes and operation and maintenance agreement for the next 12 years.

SGRE has also secured a new order from Ibereólica Renovables to supply 110-MW capacity for the second phase of Cabo Leones III wind park, in Chile. The company will deliver 22 of its SG 5.0-145 wind turbines and will also operate and maintain them for 10 years.

With this order, Siemens Gamesa becomes the supplier-of-choice for the entire Cabo Leones cluster, which totals 598.8 MW. This amounts to 1.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions avoided, the equivalent of taking nearly 988,000 diesel vehicles off the road annually or growing 24 million trees. The complex will feature a wide range of Siemens Gamesa technologies spanning from 2-MW turbines to the latest Siemens Gamesa 4.X platform.

Gregorio Álvarez, President of the Ibereólica Renovables Group, stated that he is very satisfied to have once again placed his trust in Siemens Gamesa and its new 4.X platform to continue growing in Chile. The Cabo Leones wind farm complex, which will have an installed capacity of nearly 600 MW by mid-2021 and has been entirely supplied by Siemens Gamesa, is already a reference for both Grupo Ibereólica Renovables and Siemens Gamesa.

“We are honoured to be trusted again by Ibereólica Renovables for a new project in Chile, further reinforcing our partnership. We have grown stronger together in this country, which aims to eradicate the use of coal-fired electricity generators by 2040. The Cabo Leones cluster will play a key role in enabling this,” says Enrique Pedrosa, Onshore Chief Regions Officer for Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. “We’re pleased to participate in Chile’s ambitious journey, especially with Ibereolica Renovables, a valued customer.”

Chile’s National Energy Policy 2050 sets ambitious targets to support the country’s transition to clean energy sources. Already 25% of the country’s installed capacity comes from renewable energy sources, of which 9% is from wind power.

Siemens Gamesa has steadily made inroads in Chile’s wind energy market to reinforce its position as a strong leading player. From 2014, when Siemens Gamesa installed its first wind turbine in the country, the company’s installed capacity has grown to 480 MW. The company has come a long way since then and secured orders worth 700 MW in just the last 12 months.

The Cabo Leones III farm is scheduled to start operations in June 2021, and Siemens Gamesa will complete the delivery of its turbines by December 2020.