Submissions have been received from Enel Green Power, CAP, Engie, GNL Quintero, IMELSA Energia, Linde, Hydrogene de France, Sociedad de Inversiones Albatros, Air Liquide and the Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners. The proposals called for hydrogen production to be set up in a stretch of national regions ranging from Atacama and Antofagasta in the north, to the central region of Valparaiso and Aysén and Magallanes in the south.
Winners will be chosen over several months. The government will choose one or several winners, which will receive project financing of up to $30 million. The government intends to spend up to $50 million on the project.
Under the provisions of the tender, the winning facility will have to work entirely on the basis of renewable energy resources and start producing hydrogen by the end of 2025. The average capacity of each project totals 20 MW, with a minimum capacity of 10 MW.
The world’s largest green-hydrogen plant now operating is a 20 MW facility in the Canadian province of Quebec.
Chile boasts one of the lowest costs of production of solar and wind energy thanks to the prevalence and strength of its winds and sunshine.
“We have to consider that Chile, thanks to its advantages in the generation of renewable energies, with the highest solar radiation in the world and an excellent wind resource, is one of the countries that stands out for its potential to produce and export green hydrogen on a global level, which will reduce costs, as happened with the photovoltaic industry,” said Corfo Executive Vice-President Pablo Terrazas.
Chile plans over the next 20 years to become the world’s largest producer and exporter of green fuel.