Renewable energy buildout grows
AustriaEnergy, Ökowind and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners’ project in southern Chile will expand to a second phase, entailing 5 GW of onshore wind capacity. In total, AustriaEnergy reports that it has 9 GW of renewable capacity under development in the region, spread across two electrolytic hydrogen production sites, four wind and/or solar PV generating sites, and potentially a further five wind energy sites (an additional 1 GW) planned. Sales of renewable energy generating assets and a new public share offering will help finance the project.
Launched in 2019, the HNH Energy project has been proceeding steadily. The focus has been on engagement with key stakeholders (particularly the local residents of San Gregorio), and development of key infrastructure like shared port facilities. Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners joined the project in early 2022. The project developers indicate their immediate focus is environmental impact assessments and project permits, with construction beginning in 2025. You can take a virtual tour of the site in Magallanes via the project website.