Abengoa selected to build new transmission line in Chile


Spanish company Abengoa has been selected by Arauco, producers of cellulose and wood derivatives in Chile, to construct two substations and a transmission line in the country.

The project will help in transmitting the surplus energy generated from the biomass plant to the National Electric System.

Under the contract, Abengoa will construct a 220kV transmission line and two substations to connect Arauco’s biomass-powered generation plant to the National Electric System (Sistema Electrico Nacional-SEN) through the Lagunillas substation.

The Lagunillas substation is owned by Chilean transmission company Transelec.

The contract is part of the Modernization and Expansion of the Arauco Plant project known as the (MAPA – Modernizacion y Ampliacion de la Planta Arauco).

It includes expansion of two plants owned by the company, one for cellulose and other for generating electricity from biomass. The second plant will generate clean energy to be self-sufficient and the surplus will be supplied to national grid.

The contracts establish Abengoa as a leader in the construction of transmission lines and substations with more than 3,000km of 23-500kV lines and more than 40 substations built in the country, with more than 27,000km of lines and 330 substations built across the world, in the last 15 years.

Recently, Abengoa had completed a transmission project awarded by the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) of Mexico. The project included developing four transmission lines and two substations and was valued at $17.3m.

For the contract, the company provided engineering, design, construction and commissioning of four lines of 230kV with a total length of 21.1km, along with two 230kV substations with ten high-voltage feeders.

The transmission line will allow transmitting the energy generated from the combined cycle Norte III power plant located in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua.

Earlier this month, Abengoa was selected, under the consortium SEPCOIII, for engineering, supply and construction of a large reverse osmosis desalination plant in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The total value of the project is $700m and Abengoa’s part is valued at $243m.


Image: Abengoa selected to build transmission project in Chile. Photo: Courtesy of Abengoa.

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