Uruguay’s state-owned electricity company, UTE, has purchased 400 MW of electric power from neighbouring Argentina, with much of it derived from wind power facilities in the country, according to El Pais.
According to the country’s Administracion del Mercado Electrico (ADME), out of the 400 MW, 150 MW is via a direct supply contract, with the remainder held in reserve.
With this deal the country is planning to cease operation of the hydroelectric dams along the Rio Negro and to limit the output of its thermal plans in Punta del Tigre “to allow for the recovery of water reserves”, ADME said.
The country’s minister of Industry, Energy and Mining, Roberto Kreimerman, told El Pais, Uruguay is also launching a tender for a wind farm project with the capacity to generate 150 MW of electricity.
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