Barrancones power station

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Barrancones power station (Central Termoeléctrica Barrancones) is a cancelled power station in La Higuera, IV Region, Chile.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Barrancones power station La Higuera, IV Region, Chile -29.5, -71.2667 (approximate)

The map below shows the approximate location of the power station.

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Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology Start year Retired year
Unit 1 cancelled coal - bituminous 180 subcritical
Unit 2 cancelled coal - bituminous 180 subcritical
Unit 3 cancelled coal - bituminous 180 subcritical

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner
Unit 1 ENGIE SA [100.0%]
Unit 2 ENGIE SA [100.0%]
Unit 3 ENGIE SA [100.0%]


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]

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