Startup of Chile’s 136-MW Nuble hydropower project delayed to at least 2019

The expected startup of Chile’s 136-MW Nuble hydroelectric project has been pushed from June 2018 to at least April 2019, according to a regulatory filing from developer Electrica Puntilla.

The run-of-river plant is to be located on the Nuble River in Chile’s southern Biobio region, but has experienced a number of delays since construction was scheduled to begin in 2010.

Most recently, Electrica Puntilla said it is still looking for contractors to perform civil works following its decision to terminate a deal with builder Vial y Vives-DSD last October.

In addition to finding a new contractor, Electrica Puntilla must also receive environmental approval for modifications to the Nuble‘s original approved designs.

Electrica Puntilla has six operating run-of-river hydro plants and seven in the development pipeline. President Pablo Jose Perez Cruz said the company expects to increase its current hydropower capacity of 74 MW installed and under construction to a total of 500 MW.

Chilean utility Compania General de Electricidad S.A. originally announced plans to develop Nuble. CGE’s development unit, CGE Generacion, signed an agreement in 2006 with MGM International of the United States for sale of carbon credits from Nuble to help finance its construction.

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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