EGP Brings Geothermal Power to Chile

Published on Friday, 11 September 2015

Chile has decided to give a “green imprint” to the national energy system and Enel Green Power is ready to guide it in this process. With this in mind, the Enel company dedicated to renewable energy and the Centre for Energy Development of the University of Antofagasta (CEDUA) held a workshop at the University to take stock of the investments in the field of geothermal energy. Among the participants in the discussion were the Chilean Energy Minister Arturo Molina, EGP’s General Manager for Chile and the Andean Countries Salvatore Bernabei and the rector of the University of Antofagasta Luis Alberto Loyola. The three spoke with representatives of local authorities and entrepreneurs on the production of green energy in terms of industrial competitiveness, economic development and environmental strategies.

During the workshop, representatives also spoke about Cerro Pabellón, the first geothermal power plant in South America, which Enel Green Power has started building in the Ollagüe municipality in Chile. Cerro Pabellón will also be the first geothermal power plant in the world situated at 4,500 metres above sea level. The innovative drilling technology that will be used is called HH300, a system designed by EGP that has already been installed in Larderello, Italy.

The workshop is part of a series of events organised to celebrate the Italian Year in Latin America, promoted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to highlight the different ways in which Italy is present in Latin America and encourage meetings between institutions and companies to establish business and cultural partnerships.

In this context, Enel Green Power has launched the exhibit Geothermal Power, Italian energy from the heart of the planet in the Museo Interactivo Mirador (MIM) in Santiago (Chile), which will allow students, teachers and families to learn about the history, development and future prospects of geothermal energy in a playful and interactive way.

In addition to the exhibit on geothermal energy, which will also be presented in Mexico, Peru and Colombia, there will be activities for students such as seminars, workshops and internships in Italy. Enel Green Power will also collaborate in the implementation of a geothermal energy section that will be part of the permanent exhibit in the MIM Energy Room.