PRES BACHELET INAUGURATED GEOTHERMAL PLANT IN NORTHERN CHILE, FIRST IN SOUTH AMERICA
Last Updated: 2017-09-13
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ANTOFAGASTA (Chile), Sept 13 (NNN-Prensa Latina) -- Chilean President Michelle Bachelet inaugurated the geothermal energy plant of Cerro Pabellon Tuesday in the northern region of Antofagasta.

This is the first of its kind in South America, with an investment of 320 million dollars.

The power plant was built by Italian company Enel Green Power Chile and the Chilean National Petroleum Enterprise, which formed a consortium for its design and start.

'This is the kind of projects that does good to Chile. It generates investments, it brings technological innovation, it creates bases for sustainable development and there is a strong bet for training human capital,' Bachelet said.

The geothermal power plant generates electricity from the earth vapors. It is considered a basic kind of energy, because of its high availability and supply security.

The plant has two twin units with a capacity of 24 Megawatts, which produce 48 Megawatts in total.

Once in operation, the plant will generate 340 Megawatts a year, equivalent to the annual consumption on energy for 165,000 families, avoiding the emission of more than 166,000 tons of CO2 to the atmosphere every year. -- NNN-PRENSA LATINA