Cruz Grande power station

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Cruz Grande power station (Termoeléctrica Cruz Grande) is a cancelled power station in Chungungo - La Higuera, IV Region, Chile.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Cruz Grande power station Chungungo - La Higuera, IV Region, Chile -29.511953, -71.200084 (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 150 subcritical
Unit 2 cancelled coal - bituminous 150 subcritical

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner
Unit 1 CAP SA [100.0%]
Unit 2 CAP SA [100.0%]

Project-level captive use details

  • Captive industry use (heat or power): other metals & mining


The 300-megawatt, US$1.2bn Cruz Grande power station was to be developed by Chile's steel and mining company CAP for the region of La Higuera in Northern Chile.[1][2] In March, 2011, CAP cancelled the environmental assessment process for the station, saying it would prefer to use the region for iron ore mining.[2]

Plant developer CAP began the environmental impact assessment process for Cruz Grande in June 2008. The plant was to be built on the north-central Chilean coast near the Punta de Choros marine reserve and the Isla Damas Humboldt Penguin reserve. From the time the plant was announced, local fishermen and neighbors launched regular protests, blocking access from the main highway to Los Choros and writing letters to the regional environmental authority Corema (Comisión Regional del Medio Ambiente) in Coquimbo. Complaints focused primarily on potential air and water pollution and changes to seawater temperature. In 2010, the environmental group Oceana petitioned Chile's national environmental ministry for establishment of a multi-use marine protection zone in the communities of La Higuera and Freirina. In March 2011, days before Corema was due to issue a environmental ruling, CAP announced it was cancelling the plant.[1]

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Mapa de conflictos socioambientales en Chile: Central Termoeléctrica Cruz Grande (pp 124-125)". Instituto Nacional de Derechos Humanos (Chile). 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Grupo CAP reservará terrenos en Cruz Grande para nuevos proyectos de minería de hierro en la zona - Electricidad". Revista Electricidad. March 21, 2011.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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