MRP get Chile project consent

Developer Mainstream Renewable Power (MRP) says it has received environmental consent to build the 150MW Tchamma Wind Farm in Northern Chile.

MRP expects the move will allow it to reach financial close for the $350m project in third quarter 2015 and start construction shortly thereafter.

Tchamma will be located on land owned by the National Assets Ministry in the Antofagasta Region, and will connect to the Northern Interconnected System.

“I would like to acknowledge the role the local community has played in bringing the project to this stage,” says MRP development manager for Chile Christian Evans.

“Mainstream has enjoyed a close collaborative relationship with the residents in the area and we look forward to continuing that positive interaction as the project moves into construction and commercial operation,” he adds.

Mainstream through a joint venture already has one 34Mw wind farm operational in Chile. Two others totaling 70MW are on track to reach financial close and go into construction later this year.

Chile’s center-left government is pushing wind and solar development to reduce the country’s dependence on fossil fuels and hydropower, which has been affected in some regions by declining Andres Mountains snowmelt.