The Supreme Court of Chile has given the go-ahead to build the Punta Alcalde thermal power plant in the province of Huasco, which is in the region of Atacama, strengthening the Enel Group's presence in Chile's thermal power sector after having completed important renewable energy development operations.
Two 370 megawatt generation units will be built alongside a mechanised dock to unload coal (which will be carried by sea), a fuel storage area and an ash and waste reservoir. A water desalination and demineralisation plant will also be built, as well as a facility for the intake and the cooling of the exhaust system. The main source of fuel will be sub-bituminous coal.
The production units will be equipped with bag filtersand electrostatic precipitators for the reduction of particulate pollutants, as well as systems that will cut nitrogen oxide emissions. The plant will be connected to the Maitencillo sub-station through a 220 kilovolt transmission system.
As ordered by the Supreme Court of Chile, the Punta Alcalde plant will maintain tight control of the temperature of its exhale fluids, the seawater that is required for chimney cooling, and the results of these checks will be made public.
The Enel Group has more than six gigawatts of installed capacity in Chile, which comes from thermal electric, wind power and hydroelectricity, while also managing more than 16,000 kilometres of electric power lines.