SANTIAGO – Endesa, Chile’s largest power producer, said it planned to bring the 350 MW Bocamina II thermoelectric power plant in the southern city of Coronel back online.
The decision was made because regulators approved an environmental permit for the plant in April, Endesa said in a statement.
The permit was issued after National Fisheries Service, or Sernapesca, and Talcahuano Maritime Administration specialists approved the installation of state-of-the-art filters at the plant.
A Supreme Court ruling last November opened the way for work to resume on the plant.
Work had been halted due to concerns over the effects on marine life of pumping water from the sea.
The next step is to conduct tests to determine that the plant will operate correctly, Endesa said.
An advanced filtration system has been installed at the power plant to keep marine organisms from being sucked into the facility, the company said.
“These technical-environmental improvements, which required the investment of more than $190 million, will make Bocamina one of the best power plants of its type in Chile,” said Endesa, a unit of Italy’s ENEL.