First Solar Inc. announced that its 141-MW AC Luz del Norte PV power plant is the world’s first known utility-scale solar facility licensed to deliver ancillary grid services commercially. Chile’s independent system operator (ISO), Coordinador Eléctrico Nacional, recently added Luz del Norte to its portfolio of large-scale power generators that are approved to deliver a range of grid services, including automatic generation control. The facility is now being used by the ISO to manage the frequency of the country’s electricity system, helping ensure the grid’s reliability and stability, in addition to generating clean, renewable energy.
Engie Energia Chile SA announced it has signed an agreement to supply 100% renewable power to Parque Arauco SA, a regional shopping mall chain. Under the terms of the deal, the Chilean subsidiary of France’s Engie SA will supply 117 GWh per year to meet 95% of the buyer's demand. With this PPA, which will run for five years starting in the second half of 2020, Engie Chile will help Parque Arauco's branches located in the Metropolitan Region and throughout the country to avoid the annual emission of approximately 53,100 tonnes of carbon dioxide, equivalent to planting more than 106,200 trees.
The construction of a second concentrator at Antofagasta’s Centinela mine in Chile is likely to cost about 25% less than an original estimate of $2.7 billion, according to the mining company’s chief executive. The company said that they are looking at ways to reduce the upfront capital required by getting someone else to develop the water system so that will reduce the capital cost on the front end from the $2.7 billion to about $2 billion.
Polish copper producer KGHM's Sierra Gorda mine in Chile is likely to no longer need financial support from next year, the company announced, as the mine posted a 150% leap in second-quarter core profit despite risks related to COVID-19. KGHM owns a 55% stake in Chile's Sierra Gorda copper-molybdenum mine in the Atacama Desert that produces around 110 000 t/d of ore.
Chile faced questioning by a United Nations water rights expert who suggested the government could be placing economic development over human rights through controversial agriculture and energy projects. Leo Heller, the UN special rapporteur on human rights to drinking water and sanitation, said he had asked the government to “clarify” its approach to the intensive cultivation of avocados in the central coastal region of Valparaiso, as well as the Alto Maipo Hydroelectric Project which lies southeast of the capital, Santiago.