Monday, April 3, 2017

Chile: 48 MW Cerro Pabellón Geothermal Power Plant is First in South America

ENEL and ENAP Connect To The Grid First Geothermal Plant In South America Cerro Pabellón (News Release)

(Courtesy Enel Green Power Chile)

The 48 MW geothermal facility, located 4,500 metres above sea level in Ollagüe in the Atacama Desert, has begun delivering electricity to the Sistema Interconectado del Norte Grande (SING) system in northern Chile.

Cerro Pabellón is owned by joint venture GDN, which is 81.7% held by Enel Green Power Chile and 18.3% by Empresa Nacional del Petróleo (ENAP).

The plant is the first geothermal installation in the whole of South America and is the world’s first high-enthalpy, utility-scale geothermal plant to be built at such a high altitude.