Date: July 14
Peru’s wind potential is indisputable and is attracting the interest of multinationals to invest in large-scale clean energy developments with the aim of significantly reducing their CO2 emissions. ENGIE Energía Perú, one of the largest electricity generation companies in the country, has inaugurated the Punta Lomitas Wind Power Plant in the Ica region, the largest nationwide.
The plant has a nominal capacity of 260 MW and, together with its 36.4 MW expansion project, it becomes the largest wind farm of its kind in Peru. Located in the district of Ocucaje, it has 50 wind turbines, two electrical substations and 60 km of transmission lines that connect the plant with the National Interconnected Electrical System (SEIN).
With a total investment of approximately 300 million dollars, this project will allow a reduction in benefit of the environment of 230,000 tons of CO2 per year. El Mehdi Ben Maalla, CEO of ENGIE Energía Peru, highlighted that this plant is the product of an agreement between two private companies, ENGIE Peru and Peru – Anglo American, to supply 100% of the operations of Minera Quellaveco with renewable energy.
The Minister of Energy and Mines, Oscar Vera Gargurevich, explained that this wind power plant will help Peru increase the non-conventional renewable energy component of its energy matrix, helping it to achieve the national goal of reducing its total emissions by 30%. greenhouse gases by 2030.
During its construction, the project generated a peak of 1,000 jobs, of which 100% of this (unskilled) labor was of local origin, from the direct impact communities of the Ocucaje district (Ica). In addition, the production of the wind power plant will support the electricity demand of Quellaveco, a copper project developed by Anglo American and Mitsubishi Corporation, with renewable energy sources, making it the first large mining company in Peru to use 100% green energy for its operations.
Source: Energía Estratégica