Nueva Tocopilla Power Station

From Global Energy Monitor


Nueva Tocopilla Power Station, also known as Norgener Power Station, is an operating coal-fired plant in Tocopilla, Antofagasta Region II, Chile.


The satellite photo below shows the plant in Tocopilla, Antofagasta Region II, Chile.

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The plant is owned by AES and operated by AES Gener. The 136MW Unit 1 was commissioned in 1995, and the 141MW Unit 2 was commissioned in 1997. Electricity from both units feeds into Chile's Sistema Interconectado del Norte Grande (SING) power grid.[1][2][3]

Planned Phase-out

According to the Chilean Ministry of Energy's national decarbonization plan announced by President Sebastián Piñera in June 2019, both units of Nueva Tocopilla power station will cease operations no later than 2040. Specific decommissioning dates are yet to be determined, but plant owner AES Gener has agreed to consult with the government every five years to update details of the plan, taking into account system stability requirements, energy costs, and environmental goals.[4] AES Gener's 2019 annual report confirms that all of the company's Chilean coal plants will shut down by 2040, but does not offer precise decommissioning dates for either unit of the Nueva Tocopilla plant.[5]

Environmental Concerns

A 2019 joint study by Chile’s Universidad Católica and Chile Sustentable found that coal-fired power plants pose significant health threats to residents of Chile's Norte Grande region, with people living near the Nueva Tocopilla power station suffering markedly higher rates of lung cancer, asthma, heart disease, and related illnesses.[6]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: AES Gener[1]
  • Parent company: AES[1]
  • Location: Tocopilla, II Region de Antofagasta, Chile
  • Coordinates: -22.095688402454, -70.210469216919 (exact)
  • Status:
    • Unit 1: Operating (1995)[1][2]
    • Unit 2: Operating (1997)[2]
  • Gross Capacity: 277 MW[1]
    • Unit 1: 136 MW[3]
    • Unit 2: 141 MW[3]
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Coal Type: Bituminous
  • Coal Source:
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Centrales flexibilidad operativa: Nueva Tocopilla". AES Gener. Retrieved 2021-01-18.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "AES Gener Overview (p 20)" (PDF). AES Gener. September 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Norgener Coal Power Plant Chile, Global Energy Observatory website, accessed June 2020
  4. "Plan de Descarbonización y Retiro de Centrales Termoeléctricas a Carbón en Chile, Anuncio del gobierno de Sebastián Piñera" (PDF). Chile Sustentable. June 4, 2019.
  5. "Memoria Integrada 2019 (p 237)" (PDF). AES Gener. February 27, 2020.
  6. González, Karen (August 25, 2019). "Estudio UC: habitantes de zonas con termoeléctricas se enferman 4 veces más". La Tercera. Retrieved 2020-06-02.

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