Environmental authorities to review 125-MW Nido de Aguilas hydro plant in Chile

Chilean environmental authorities are reviewing the 125-MW Nido de Aguilas hydro plant to be built on the Cortaderal River in the O’Higgins region of Chile.

The US$280 million facility, being proposed for development by Pacific Hydro, is part of the company’s 500-MW hydropower development portfolio for Chile’s Alto Cachapoal valley, BNamericas says.

Pacific Hydro special purpose company Hidroelectrica Nido de Aguilas submitted the EIA to Servicio de Evaluacion Ambiental (SEA) in 2015.

Construction of the project is expected to take about 42 months, and electricity produced (about 462 GWh annually) would supply the central SIC grid. Under the current schedule, the project would be completed in 2021.

BNamericas lists Geobiota as a consultant on the Nido de Aguilas project.

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Elizabeth Ingram is content director for the Hydro Review website and HYDROVISION International. She has more than 17 years of experience with the hydroelectric power industry. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethIngra4 .

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