Latin America

Chile utility to complete study of 100-MW Los Condores

Chilean utility Endesa expects to complete a feasibility study in August of the 100-MW Los Condores hydroelectric project proposed for Chile’s Region VII.

Project Manager Anibal Bascunan told a conference in Santiago, as reported by Business News Americas, that the company is evaluating either an estimated US$90 million 100-MW dam or three run-of-river plants with capacities of 10 MW, 21 MW, and 59 MW. He said the latter could begin supplying power to Chile’s central grid by 2011. (HNN 4/19/06)

Bascunan said Endesa also is studying the 403-MW Neltume project, which could begin construction in 2008 and go on line in 2014 for an estimated cost of US$385 million, and 134-MW Choshuenco, an estimated US$182 million run-of-river project that is in preliminary studies. Both projects are in Chile’s Region X.

Endesa plans to complete studies and engineering of the US$2.5 billion, four-plant, 2,400-MW Aysen hydroelectric complex in Region XI in June 2008. At that time, it is to issue a construction tender for the first plant, 680-MW Baker 1, Bascunan said.

Colbun studies hydropower sites

Utility Colbun S.A., which is partnering with Endesa on the Aysen complex, also is studying at least two hydro projects in Chile’s Regions V and X. Planning Director Eduardo Calderon said the company has water rights for the equivalent of 500 MW in the regions and could begin project operations by 2011.

In Region V, Colbun’s 55-MW Hornitos project is to begin operation in October on the Aconcagua River. Colbun’s developer affiliate, Hidroelectrica Guardia Vieja signed a carbon credit agreement for the project with the World Bank in 2005.

Colbun’s 20-MW Chiburgo hydroelectric project also is to begin operation in May 2007 in Region VII.