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Mainstream and Goldwind JV to build 70 MW wind farm in Chile

Mainstream Renewable Power and Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology Co Ltd have formed a 50/50 joint venture (JV) to build the first 70 MW phase of the Ckani Wind Farm in the Antofagasta region of Northern Chile.

By Kari Williamson

The Ckani wind farm, which received environmental approval in December 2011, has a total potential capacity of 240 MW and has been developed by Mainstream since 2009. It will be connected to the SING Electrical System and this first 70 MW phase is expected to start construction by end of 2012. Mainstream plans to have all 240 MW operational by 2015.

Goldwind's US subsidiary will supply 47 GW87 1.5 MW wind turbines for the first phase.

Mainstream’s CEO, Eddie O’Connor, says: “Goldwind and Mainstream have established a strong and enduring relationship over the years and I am delighted that we are working together on such an exciting project for Chile. Strategic collaboration with China is core to Mainstream’s global strategy; this is our third deal with Goldwind, last year we opened our Beijing office and we also welcomed Liming Wang, Director of the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland, on to our Board of Directors."

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