Engie opens largest BESS in Latin America

Engie opens largest BESS in Latin America

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April 19, 2024: French utility Engie yesterday launched the switch of its former Tocopilla coal plant into a 116 MW standalone BESS which will provide energy for five hours a day to around 100,000 homes.

The company has invested $180 million to convert the plant, located in the country’s northern Antofagasta region. It anticipates it will store 660MWh of energy tapped from solar and wind energy generation and will have an average annual generation capacity of 211GWh.

The project involves installing 240 lithium ion-based containers on the former coal plant’s site and making use of infrastructure synergies such as its transmission assets. Construction is to start in June.

Gabriel Boric Font, Chile’s president, attended the launch and hailed the new facility as “a reminder that when we work together a better future awaits us.”

Engie is the fourth-largest energy generator in Chili and this, its first standalone BESS project, will be the largest renewable energy storage park in Latin America.

“This project makes me very happy because it tells us about how we are advancing in decarbonization and the challenges of the climate crisis, a task that as a government we have assumed with deep conviction,” said the president.