Enel Generacion Chile and Anglo American, this week, signed a contract that will see the mining company use only renewable electricity to power its Chile operations from 2021.
The contract, for a total consumption of up to 3 TWh/y, is the largest in its type for independent customers in Chile, Enel said.
Anglo, in Chile, operates the Los Bronces and El Soldado copper mines, as well as the Chagres smelter.
Paolo Pallotti, General Manager of Enel Chile, said: “With our generation matrix, becoming cleaner all the time, we have the possibility of submitting more competitive and sustainable offers for our customers.
“We are the first renewable energies operator in Chile and we are convinced that promoting this type of energy, we go out to meet our customers and we make significant contribution to the country.”
Hennie Faul, Anglo American Executive Chairman for Copper, said: “We are working from different fields in order to contribute towards a healthy environment. Our objective is to continue reducing our emissions, and to achieve efficient operations that are more careful in respect to their surroundings.
“The signing of this contract adds to other actions we are undertaking along the same line, such as the installation of the first PV plant, built over a tailings pile and the incorporation of electric buses for the transportation of our employees.”
The agreement, signed today will take effect in 2021 and shall be in force for 10 years, Enel said.