Statkraft to build its first wind farms in Chile

13 Apr 2021

Statkraft, Europe’s renewable energy generator, will build its first wind farms in Chile, expanding its renewable energy generation capacity in the South American country amid an increasing demand for hydro, wind and solar power in the southernmost nation in the world.

Combined with the company’s existing hydropower assets, Statkraft will reach a generating capacity of 366MW by the end of 2023.

The 102MW Torsa wind power project consists of three wind farms, totalling 19 wind turbines supplied by German manufacturer Nordex.

In total, the wind farms are expected to produce more than 300GWh of renewable energy annually; enough power to supply 100,000 average Chilean households. The project is located in the O’Higgins region, 124 kilometres south of the capital Santiago.

Construction will start during the summer of 2021, and the first wind turbines are expected to start operation in October 2022. The project will utilise the Nordex N163/5.X wind turbine, the same type of turbines utilised in Statkraft’s ongoing Ventos de Santa Eugenia project in Brazil. With a diameter of 163 metres, the rotors will cover an area equal to almost three standard football pitches.

Statkraft has been present in Chile since 2014 and the company now owns a production capacity of 209MW with an annual production of 747GWh (2020).

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