Río Corrientes power station

From Global Energy Monitor


Río Corrientes power station was a proposed 700-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Ventanas, between the communities of Puchuncaví and Quintero, in Chile's Valparaíso region.


The map below shows Ventanas, the approximate location where the plant was to be built.

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The US$1 billion Río Corrientes project called for the construction of two 350 MW coal-fired power plants at the Puchuncaví-Quintero Industrial Park, in the vicinity of the Ventanas copper smelting plant, about 150km northwest of Santiago. Concerns about pollution, which have long run high in the local community, reached a flash point in March 2011, when the nearby La Greda Elementary School was closed due to unsafe levels of sulphur dioxide generated by the Ventanas smelter. In May 2011, a variety of local groups mobilized against the Río Corrientes coal project[1], culminating in a 200-person protest march led by the mayors of Puchuncaví and Quintero.[2] In May 2011, Río Corrientes was rejected by the CEA (Comisión de Evaluación Ambiental) environmental commission, which was not satisfied with the plant's plans to mitigate pollution from its own operations and compensate residents for any damages caused.[3][4]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Campanario Generación
  • Parent company: Southern Cross Group[3]
  • Location: Ventanas, Valparaíso, Chile
  • Coordinates: -32.7507557, -71.4813423 (approximate)
  • Status:
    • Unit 1: Cancelled (2011)[3][4]
    • Unit 2: Cancelled (2011)[3][4]
  • Gross Capacity:
    • Unit 1: 350 MW[1]
    • Unit 2: 350 MW[1]
  • Type: Subcritical

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Ambientalistas anuncian movilizaciones en medio de tramitación de nueva termoeléctrica en Puchuncaví,", bibobiochile.cl, May 2, 2011.
  2. "Más de 200 personas marcharon en el rechazo a la nueva termoeléctrica Río Corrientes,", soyvalparaiso.cl, May 11, 2011.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Rechazan central termoeléctrica Río Corrientes en Puchuncaví". El Martutino. May 30, 2011.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Comisión de Evaluación Ambiental rechaza central térmica Río Corriente". Revista Electricidad. May 30, 2011.

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