Latin America

Canada firm to engineer Chile’s 60-MW Rucatayo

Canadian engineer and construction firm Dessau-Soprin has won a US$70 million design and engineering contract for the 60-MW Rucatayo hydroelectric project in southern Chile.

Chile’s Hidrosur S.A. commissioned Dessau-Soprin’s Chilean subsidiary, Ingentra, to design the project in consortium with EDIC Ingenieros of Santiago. Work is to begin in June and be complete in 2007.

Rucatayo is to utilize two turbine-generators totaling 60 MW to generate more than 300 gigawatt-hours per year. The contract also includes design of a 36-kilometer, 220-kilovolt power line to an existing substation.