Endesa Eco, the renewable energy unit of utility Endesa Chile, has submitted an environmental impact assessment for the 7.6-MW Pirunquina hydroelectric project, to be built on Chile’s Carihueico River.
Endesa Eco said it plans to invest US$24 million to construct the project in the province of Chiloe, about 1,100 kilometers south of the capital Santiago. Upon completion, Pirunquina is to utilize flows of 32 cubic meters per second and a head of 27 meters to generate an average of 30.4 gigawatt-hours annually.
The utility said it submitted the environmental report to authorities for construction and operation of the hydro plant. Pirunquina is to feature an intake, diversion channel, 350-meter-long pressure pipeline, powerhouse, spillway, bridge, and access roads.
Endesa Eco said the project is to offset greenhouse gas emissions and reduce dependence on fossil fuels. It said it would register Pirunquina for emission reduction credits under the United Nations’ Clean Development Mechanism.