Mainstream Aurora rises in Chile
First of 43 Senvion turbines installed at 129MW wind farm
Mainstream Renewable Power has installed the first of 43 turbines at its 129MW Aurora wind farm in Chile.
The $210m project will comprise Senvion 3MW machines with heights of 180 metres and rotor diameters of 122 metres.
It is located 15km from Llanquihue in the Los Lagos region of southern Chile.
Mainstream said Aurora's blades are 61 metres long and are made of reinforced fibreglass that weigh 14 tonnes.
Each turbine can take between one and three days to install depending on the weather, the company said.
Mainstream construction manager in Chile Fabiano Fortes said: “Lifting the first turbine marks the beginning of a significant milestone for the wind farm.
“Given the dimensions and weight of each of the components that make up the wind turbines, transporting, unloading and assembling the turbines is a considerable challenge for us.”