Strong renewable energy development agreement between the provincial energy company of Catamarca and Chinese capitals.
The provincial company Catamarca Minera y Energética Sociedad del Estado (Camyen) and Power China signed an agreement to build four solar parks in that province, which will generate 600 megawatts (MW), it was officially announced.
Work on the first park is expected to start in early 2023 with the Tres Quebradas project, located in the department of Capayán, 50 kilometers south of the provincial capital.
The design power is 120 MWp, which results in an effective power to be delivered to the system of 100 MW, and the construction will be in charge of Shanghai Electric Power Construction, a subsidiary of the Power China Group.
The other three projects to be undertaken already have a planned location, but progress is being made on the necessary feasibility studies.
The development of the four farms has the availability of the transmission grid -the major limitation faced by new generating parks- and therefore "we strategically sought to advance in them", explained sources linked to the project.
Although there is transmission capacity, the farms that require it contemplate the construction of a transformer substation.
During the signing of the agreement, the Vice Governor of Catamarca, Ruben Dusso; the Minister of Water, Energy and Environment, Alberto Kozicki; the President of YMAD, Fernando Jalil; the General Director of Government Action, Camilo Vaca Narvaja, were present.
Meanwhile, the counterpart was represented by the President of PowerChina, Ji Xiaoyong; the President of PowerChina Argentina, Tu Shuiping; the Deputy General Manager of PowerChina's American Division, Yan Xiaobing; and the Vice-President of SEPC, Shen Gangyi.
"We participated together with Camilo Vaca Narvaja, the president of Powerc China, Ji Xiaoyong and the government team in the signing of an agreement between Camyen and the company Power China to build four new Solar Parks in Catamarca, which will add up to the generation of 600 MW", wrote Vice Governor Dusso in his Facebook account.
In this line, Dusso remarked that "Catamarca grows in clean energy to supply the demand of its productive progress, the homes of families and contribute to the future of our environment".
The agreement also foresees that Caymen will process for each project the contract for the purchase of energy with Cammesa, for a period of no less than 15 years, or look for the possibility of allocating that energy to the Renewable Energy Term Market (Mater).
Finally, the government of Catamarca stated that "we continue working and promoting the use of alternative energies, which are key for the sustainable development of our province".