Chile’s first geothermal power plant to start operation early 2017

Transformers at the Cerro Pabellon project site, Chile (source: ILS)
Alexander Richter 3 Jan 2017

Construction of the Chile's first geothermal power plant progressing with expected start of operations this spring.

Construction of the geothermal power plant of Cerro Pabellon by Enel Green Power is progressing in Chile.

Despite geothermal development pretty much stalled in the country, things are progressing on the construction site of Enel Green Power. Plant equipment has recently been delivered to the site, including transformers, pipes and other accessories for the plant

The company ILS Chile coordinated the transport of 120 containers from the ports of Iquique and Antofagasta to the site of the project in a total of 200 truckloads.

The cargo was delivered across the Atacama Desert, which was subject to temperatures as low as -15°C and as high as 39°C, alongside winds of up to 80 km/hr.

Cerro Pabellón will be the first geothermal plant in Chile, anticipated completion in 2017. Chile has an estimated 3,600 MW of geothermal potential.

Source: Heavy Lift, New Energy Events