Rame advances Chile wind plans

UK-based developer Rame Energy has received environmental approval for its third wind project in Chile, the 9MW Punta Chome, and for its export power line in the country, which will underpin its next four developments.

Rame's sub-contractor CGE Distribucion will build and own the export line, with operations at all four projects, totalling 118MW, due to commence by end of next year.

"The granting of the environmental permit for the export power line at Punta Chome brings us closer to our stated targets of having in excess of 100MW of power generating capacity installed and in operation in Chile by the end of 2015 and 300MW within three years," said Pieter D'haen, Rame's COO.  

Rame has also entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Vital Tech Engineering & Services (VTE), a Pakistan-based engineering company through its wholly owned subsidiary Beco.

The newly acquired Beco, a UK PV system integrator, will now provide off-grid, renewable energy based, power supply systems for a variety of applications, which VTE will then install and maintain.

The MOU gives VTE exclusive rights to the resale and ongoing maintenance of the Systems in Pakistan for a minimum period of two years, said Rame.

While the UK developer has provided wind energy related consultancy services in Pakistan since 2007, it only entered the Chilean energy market earlier this year.