Barrancones power station

From Global Energy Monitor


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.

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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.[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] 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.[4]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: GDF Suez
  • Parent company:
  • Location: La Higuera, Coquimbo, 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:

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