Barrancones power station
|This article is part of the Global Energy Monitor coverage of Chile and coal|
Barrancones power station was a proposed 540-megawatt (MW), US$1.2bn coal-fired power plant in the Punta de Choros area in Chile's Coquimbo region.
The map below shows La Higuera, the approximate location where the plant was to be built.
On August 24, 2010 the Barrancones power station won environmental approval by a 15-4 vote of the regional commission COREMA (Comisión Regional del Medio Ambiente), setting off a firestorm of protest from environmentalists and community groups. Chile's President Sebastian Piñera promptly stepped in two days later, on August 26, 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. 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.
- Sponsor: GDF Suez
- Parent company:
- Location: La Higuera, Coquimbo, Chile
- Coordinates: -29.5000, -71.2667 (approximate)
- 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
- "Regional Environmental Board Approves Thermoelectric Plant Near Chilean Marine Reserve,", Santiago Times, August 25, 2010.
- "La revancha de GDF Suez en Chile," Revista Electricidad, February 2, 2015.
- "Chile’s Piñera Pulls Plug On “Barrancones” Power Plant,", Benjamin Witte's Web Site, October 16, 2010.
- "GDF Suez retiró central Barrancones de su portafolio de inversión,", Economía y Negocios, September 8, 2010.