Italian utility Enel and Chilean energy company ENAP yesterday inaugurated the Cerro Pabellon geothermal project, which the companies say is the first large-scale facility of its kind at 4,500 meters above sea level.
“We are proud to inaugurate Cerro Pabellon, which is a milestone not only for us, but for all of South America and will help Chile to diversify its generation mix,” Enel CEO Francesco Starace said in a statement. “The construction of Cerro Pabelln represented a technical and human challenge that we have been able to successfully tackle thanks to the effort of a highly specialized team that worked in the midst of the beauty and harshness of the desert.”
Cerro Pabellon is located in the Atacama Desert, in Ollagüe, Chile, and is composed of two units each with an installed capacity of 24 MW. The companies said that the project features a high-enthalpy binary cycle plant, and the region is characterized by high temperature variation and high altitude.
Lead image credit: CC0 Creative Commons | Pixabay