Through a press release, AES Andes reported that he passed the early withdrawal of two new thermoelectric units located in Tocopillaregion of Antofagasta, which add up to a total of 276 MW.
Specifically, it is about the units Norgener 1 and 2which operate on a coal basis, with a power of 138 MW each, which will cease their operations from December 31, 2025.
With this they would stop emitting into the atmosphere approximately one million tons of CO2what according to the company it is equivalent “to the exit of more than 400 thousand vehicles individuals from the streets of Chile”.
The CEO of AES Andes, Javier Dibindicated that the decision taken by the directorate “ratifies our company’s commitment to the decarbonisation plan that the country is carrying forward”.
Likewise, he highlighted “the effort of our collaborators to make the replacement of our energy matrix a reality, reflected in their commitment to innovation and in the trust placed in the company, a fact that results in its integration into the Labor Reconversion Program that AES Andes launched in 2021”.
For his part, the Minister of Energy, Diego Pardowhas indicated that “the announcement is an opportunity to move forward in the conversion process of these thermal power plants, which allows us to continue incorporating renewable energy into our productive matrix, in line with our commitments as a country to achieve carbon neutrality in 2050”.
According to the essential fact delivered to the Commission for the Financial Market (CMF), the company emphasized that “in accordance with its transformational strategy Greentegra, AES Andes and its subsidiaries have committed to date, the cessation of coal operations of their electricity generation complexes: Windows, Angamos, and Norgener from the year 2025, which represents the provision of 1,693MW of installed capacity”.
Finally, this operation would mean a loss due to deterioration of Property, Plant and Equipment for nearly US$200 million. The non-recurring accounting adjustment would have no impact on the company’s cash flows, as mentioned in the document.
The company has a presence in three South American countries
AES Andes owns operations in Chile, Colombia and Argentinatotaling 5,199 MW across the region, along with a number of renewable energy projects both under construction and under development.
At national level, it has 3,427 MW installed, which are divided into 2,129 MW thermoelectric, 771 MW hydraulic, 348 MW wind, 104 MW solar photovoltaic and 13 MW biomass.
Added to this is 62 MW of energy storage batteries, seawater desalination plants, transmission lines and gas pipelines.