Chile gives go-ahead for 30MW geothermal plant

A USD 200 million expansion of the Cerro Pabellón geothermal plant in Chile has been given the go-ahead by the country’s environmental watchdog.

This geothermal plant was the first in South America to enter into operation.

A subsidiary of Enel Generación, a multi-national power company and leader in the renewable field with a presence in Chile, Geotérmica del Norte, is in charge of the expansion.

Construction for the expansion will start in the third quarter of this year.

Chile has a potential for geothermal resources estimated at 3.35GW. To allow for further investment into the sector and update regulations, a bill was recently passed in Chile’s lower chamber.