Río Corrientes power station

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Río Corrientes is a proposed 700-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Ventanas, between the communities of Puchuncaví and Quintero, V Region, Chile.


The map below shows Ventanas, the approximate location where the plant would be built.

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The US$1 billion Río Corrientes project called for the construction of two 350 MW coal-fired power plants at the Puchuncaví-Quintero Industrial Park, in the vicinity of the Ventanas copper smelting plant, about 150km northwest of Santiago. Concerns about pollution, which have long run high in the local community, reached a flash point in March 2011, when the nearby La Greda Elementary School was closed due to unsafe levels of sulphur dioxide generated by the Ventanas smelter. In May 2011, a variety of local groups mobilized against the Río Corrientes coal project[1], culminating in a 200-person protest march led by the mayors of Puchuncaví and Quintero.[2] In June 2011, Río Corrientes was rejected by the CEA (Comisión de Evaluación Ambiental) environmental commission[3], which was not satisfied with the plant's plans to mitigate pollution from its own operations and compensate residents for any damages caused.[4]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Campanario Generación
  • Parent company: Southern Cross Group
  • Location: Ventanas, V Region, Chile
  • Coordinates: -32.7507557, -71.4813423 (approximate)
  • Status:
    • Unit 1: Cancelled 2011
    • Unit 2: Cancelled 2011
  • Gross Capacity:
    • Unit 1: 350 MW
    • Unit 2: 350 MW
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Projected in service:
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