Under the contract with the country’s National Energy Commission (CNE), Abengoa will provide the engineering and construction work for the 150km line designed to connect the IX and X regions in Chile.

Expected to create more than 300 construction jobs, the project also includes construction of a substation and a 20-year concession.

Under the second project, Abengoa will be responsible for the engineering and construction of a substation in the VI region in Chile. Construction work on the substation is planned to be completed within two years.

The third project is intended to increase the capacity of a power transmission line between Cardones and Diego de Almagro.

Tendered by Transelec and promoted by the National Energy Commission, the extension work is planned to be completed in 27 months.

Additionally, the fourth project involves construction and installation of a 20km power line for Minera Centinela in the II region in northern Chile.

The power line project, which is scheduled to be completed in eight months, is expected to create up to 120 jobs.

Abengoa, for all the four projects, will also secure environmental licenses; supply, assemble and test the equipment; and commission the system.

Construction work on the projects is due to commence by the end of this year.

In Latin America, Abengoa has constructed more than 25,000km of power lines and several substations.

Earlier this year, the company secured the Chilean Government environmental approval for 210MW Atacama 2 solar complex near Sierra Gorda in the Antofagasta region.

Image: Abengoa has been contracted to build 20km power line in northern Chile. Photo: courtesy of a454/