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    YPF Luz plans to develop its fourth wind farm in 2023 with a project in Cordoba.


    October 3, 2022 - CE Noticias Financieras

     

      YPF Luz will celebrate its tenth anniversary in 2023 and will seek to increase its supply of electricity generation with a set of projects that are underway, including a new wind farm in Córdoba, its first solar farm in San Juan and to take the first steps in the development of green hydrogen. The company has an installed capacity of 2,384 MW, which it supplies to the wholesale and industrial market. It also provides power generation solutions with thermal energy, renewable energy, cogeneration and distributed energy. Its assets are located in six provinces, where it operates eight thermal power plants and three wind farms. In addition, it is building its first solar farm, Zonda, in San Juan. "Our objective is to continue growing because there is a lot of potential for industrial demand in which we can collaborate. And in that sense we plan for the first ten years of the company to complete the works of El Zonda, which we have under construction in San Juan, and a wind project in the southern area of Córdoba", said the Ceo of YPF Luz, Martín Mandarano. YPF's first solar park will have an initial power of 100 MW, equivalent to the consumption of 140 thousand homes, with an initial investment of more than 90 million dollars. The general project foresees subsequent stages, known as El Zona II, III and Tocota, which will allow reaching 500 MW of power, which will be oriented to the Renewable Source Electricity Term Market (Mater) and to the general distribution system, which require available transportation capacity. In the case of the General Levalle wind farm, in the south of the province of Córdoba, a first stage of 65 MW is foreseen, for which the equipment bidding process is underway, the first contracts are being closed and the company is waiting to gain more dispatch capacity. General Levalle will be the fourth wind farm of YPF Luz, after Manantiales Behr, in Chubut; Cañadón León, in Santa Cruz; and Los Teros, in the Buenos Aires province of Azul. "We are already looking at wind power projects in the province of Buenos Aires, in Santa Cruz and also in Buenos Aires for the Mater and, undoubtedly, for later on we have in our portfolio and under study and analysis the production of green hydrogen from renewable energy, in Chubut and Santa Cruz as well", said Mandarano. For the executive of the electricity generator, "green hydrogen is today a research development process, because what is known so far involves a very expensive value chain which, we believe, is not the one that will end up prevailing until the transportation problem is solved". "In itself -he continued- we have to be prepared because we believe that by 2030 that will be solved and for that we have to have studied, know the technologies, know how to develop parks in scale to make them efficient to compete with the world in scale". In this sense, today the task to be faced "is to look for resources, make measurements, land near ports and give scale to wind farms. We must be very focused on the coast of Santa Cruz and Chubut". (Télam)

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