A 25.9 MW hybrid solar-diesel system is to be delivered by Aggreko to power a new Gold Fields gold mine high in the Chilean Andes. The system is Aggreko’s largest solar PV installation in Latin America. Once complete, the solution is expected to achieve $7.4 million in cost of energy savings over the next decade and a further $1.1 million in carbon tax offset in addition to 104,000 tonnes of carbon emissions savings.
NextEnergy Capital announced two deals for the purchase of a total of 53.8 MWp of solar capacity in Portugal and Chile. For its acquisition in Chile, the company acquired a portfolio of four projects from Spanish renewables developer Grenergy Renovables SL. These projects qualify to sell power under the country's framework for small-scale distributed generation (PMGD) plants, with commissioning due in the first half of 2021.
AES Gener has submitted plans for a 114-MW wind project in Chile for environmental evaluation. AES Gener’s environmental impact statement (EIS) shows that the company seeks to build the Don Alvaro wind farm in the Biobio region and invest $154 million in the project.
EdgeConneX has announced the addition of its 33rd data centre market to its global Edge data centre portfolio. The EdgeConneX SCL01 Santiago facility provides 7MWs of data centre capacity. The company is planning to build SCL02 on its Santiago campus. Oracle plans to offer private access to Oracle Cloud through Oracle Cloud Infrastructure FastConnect at the EdgeConneX data centre in Santiago, Chile.
Spanish energy company Repsol and Grupo Ibereólica Renovables announced the shipment of nacelles for the Cabo Leones III wind farm in Chile. The nacelles will outfit the 22 Siemens Gamesa SG 145 5MW wind turbines of the 189MW Cabo Leones III project. Located in the Chilean province of Huasco, the wind farm’s second phase will have an installed capacity of 110MW.
German energy trader Mabanaft will buy up to 500 million litres of carbon neutral eFuels from a green hydrogen production plant in Chile. A consortium of international companies are working on the pilot project, which is expected to yield the world’s first integrated, commercial industrial-scale plant for making synthetic climate-neutral fuels.
Clínica las Condes pointed out that due to the COVID-19 and the government measures adopted during 2020, it was forced to contract extraordinary liabilities for an amount exceeding CH$20 billion ($27.2 million). In addition, the entity states that it had to use the available cash for an amount exceeding CH$8 billion ($10.9 million) between March 31st and July 31st, 2020.
SQM is making progress in improving relations with the communities in the north of Chile through several cooperation deals. SQM promised up to $15 million annually to promote sustainable development in the communities. But key indigenous association rejected them, arguing they do not protect the environment. However, the firm's general manager insisted that there is progress and that commitment to the communities is a priority.
Cencosud announced a S$1.8 billion investment plan for the next three years. $740 million will be used to refurbish 100% of Cencosud's shops in the region and $34 million will be used to build 144 new shops. In addition, $420 million will be invested to refurbish eight shopping centres, execute five major expansions and build two new shopping malls. While $300 million will be used for investments in technology, logistics and e-commerce.
Due to the increasing COVID-19 cases in Chile, Codelco announced that it will reinforce its preventive plans to avoid transmission of the virus in its operations and in nearby communities. Among the initiatives: the reduction of personnel on site, the re-implementation of teleworking for staff & service personnel, focusing on tasks that are carried out only with its own emloyees & permanent collaborators as well as suspending technical visits by contractors and suppliers.