Barrancones power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Barrancones power station was a proposed 540-megawatt (MW), US$1.2bn coal-fired power plant by GDF Suez for the Punta de Choros area in region IV, Chile.


The map below shows La Higuera, the approximate location where the plant would be built.

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On August 24, 2010 the plant won environmental approval by a 15-4 vote of the regional COREMA (Comisión Regional del Medio Ambiente) commission, setting off a firestorm of protest from environmentalists and community groups.[1] Chile's President Sebastian Piñera promptly stepped in two days later, on August 26[2], and asked GDF Suez to move the project to a different location, citing the proposed plant's proximity to the environmentally sensitive Punta de Choros marine reserve.[3][4] Juan Clavería, CEO of GDF Suez's Chilean operations, stated that the company had not yet decided whether to continue with the project in a new location, but that such a move would be difficult. The plant was removed from GDF Suez's investment portfolio in September 2010.[5]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: GDF Suez
  • Parent company:
  • Location: La Higuera, IV Region, Chile
  • Coordinates: -29.5000, -71.2667 (approximate)
  • Status:
    • Unit 1: Cancelled
    • Unit 2: Cancelled
    • Unit 3: Cancelled
  • Gross Capacity:
    • Unit 1: 180 MW
    • Unit 2: 180 MW
    • Unit 3: 180 MW
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Projected in service:
  • Coal Type: Bituminous
  • Coal Source:
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. "Regional Environmental Board Approves Thermoelectric Plant Near Chilean Marine Reserve,", Santiago Times, August 25, 2010.
  2. "La revancha de GDF Suez en Chile," La Tercera Negocios, February 1, 2015.
  3. Christopher Lenton, "Minister says Barrancones case 'unique,'" Business News Americas, Sep. 2, 2010.
  4. "Chile’s Piñera Pulls Plug On “Barrancones” Power Plant,", Benjamin Witte's Web Site, October 16, 2010.
  5. "GDF Suez retiró central Barrancones de su portafolio de inversión,", Economía y Negocios, September 8, 2010.

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